I love the Portrait Stamp Set as the images remind me of the charms that are on my grandmother's charm bracelet. She has every grandchild and great grandchild represented and I can remember always looking at it trying to find my charm. I thought it would be fun to make charms of my daughters to put on a long necklace made from a piece of silver ball chain. I really like how vintage looking they turned out and plan on making more as gifts for friends.
Tools Used: Craft Knife, Craft Matt, Sanding Block, Crop-a-Dile, Pliers
- Apply glue stick adhesive to the front of an oval foundation piece and cover with vintage ledger paper.
- Cut around the foundation piece using a craft knife to remove excess ledger paper, then sand the edges. Repeat this step on the back of the foundation piece as well.
- Apply black archival ink to the oval scallop stamp found in the Portrait Stamp Set and stamp the image onto the front of the altered oval foundation piece.
- Apply black archival ink to the image of either the girl, boy, mom or dad and stamp in the center of the scalloped stamped image.
- Apply black archival ink to the sides of the foundation chipboard piece.
- Apply creamy brown ink to the edges of the ledger paper and on top of the paper until you get the aged look you want.
- Type the persons name onto an old black book margin, ink the edges using black archival ink and the top using creamy brown ink. Apply a glue stick type adhesive to the back and attach it just below the stamped portrait.
- Using a crop-a-dile punch a hole at the top of the foundation piece.
- Apply glossy accents to the inner edge all the way around the oval, then fill in the entire oval. Set aside to let dry. (if you want a thick layer of glossy accents make sure you let it dry in between applications.) I only have one application on mine.
- Once the glossy accents is dry set an eyelet into the hole at the top. Attach a jump ring and string onto a ball chain necklace. I accented mine with a charm I created using old shell and rhinestone buttons.
I hope you give this a try. If you don't want to put yours on a necklace they would make great accents for tags, cards, mini albums, layouts and altered projects. You can't go wrong with this embellishment.
Have a great day.
Lisa M. Pace