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How to make Charms

by Amy Bowerman

Hi there!  Today I have a fun charm tutorial to share with you.  These charms are super easy to make and use for a variety of crafty ventures!  You can use them for custom jewelry pieces, ornaments or even wine charms for  pretty much any celebration or special occasion!  Last week on Featured Product Friday I showcased some of my favorite elements from the Tim Holtz Alterations Sizzix line.  As promised today’s tutorial features one of my favorite things… embossing foil tape with Sizzix embossing folders.

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I used my charms to decorate an Easter Bunny Tree.  They are a lovely addition to my spring table decor and oh so charming!

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 How to make Charms

 

You can make your own charms for adornments, jewelry, gifts and pretty much anything you can dream up.  Grab your favorite images and prepare to be “charmed”!

Supplies:

  • Tim Holtz Idea-ology Facets or Fragments
  • Glossy Accents
  • Images or Photos (copies NOT originals)
  • Ribbon or Chain
  • Alcohol Ink
  • Ranger Foil Tape Sheets

Adhering Images to Charms

You can select any image you like to use when making your charms, a favorite photo (color copy), old greeting cards, a childs artwork…the possibilities are truly endless!  For my charms I used these delightful vintage Easter Images from Tim Holtz Seasonal Paper Stash.

STEP 1:  Apply Glossy Accents to the back of your charm and press down onto image.

STEP 2: Flip paper over and use a credit card or craft scraper to press out any air bubbles.

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STEP 3: Allow to dry for several hours then trim off excess paper.

Create Metal Backing for Charms

To finish and complete the look of your custom charms you can easily create a metal backing with Ranger foil tape sheets.  Not only will the foil tape enhance the look of your charms, it will also smooth any rough edges and ensure your image stays put.

STEP 1:  Ink a sheet of Ranger Foil Tape with Alcohol Ink.  I used:  Shell Pink – Salmon – Citrus – Aqua

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 STEP 2:  Emboss Alcohol Inked foil tape with Sizzix Embossing Folder.  *I used Sizzix Dots and Flowers set A2

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STEP 3:  Peel away the backing of your embossed foil tape and press cut out charms onto it.    Cut around the charm leaving a slight edge all the way around.  Fold edges over onto charm to secure your image.

Hanging Charms

Now that your charms are complete you will need to hang them.  Whether you will be using them for jewelry, gift wrap or decor you can customize how you hang them just as easily as you made them!

STEP 1:  Add Jump Rings

STEP 2:  Reapply Alcohol ink to blending tool and stamp (DON’T swipe) onto Metallic ribbon.

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Use your stamped ribbon  to create pendants, ornaments or “Charming” gift toppers!

How to make Charms | @PluckingDaisy #RangerInk I hope you enjoyed this little lesson in Charm making and will take what you learned to make some “Charming” gifts, jewelry and decor!  I just know you will love embossing on foil tape.  It’s such a quick and easy method to get the look of metal without all the fuss.  If you prefer metal for your charms you can check out my tutorial on creating Metal Backed Charms here.

Until next time…

Have a Charming Day!

Amy*

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1 Shahrul Niza May 26, 2013 at 11:01 am

CHARMING!!!!. I love that vintage sheen effect peeking through faux-crystals from using alcohol inks on foil tapes, as opposed to papers. Vintage & whimsical too. Trendy wearable art. LOVE. Hugs.
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2 Audrey Pettit May 22, 2013 at 9:23 am

OMGoodness, these are SO beautiful! LOVE them, Amy!
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3 Anita Houston May 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

These are precious! They are some of my favorites to make, and always make a big impact on a project! Great tut as well! I love those cute papers too!
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