Making a Charm

September 8th, 2017 § 1 comment

Hello, fellow crafters! I am back…Jeanie from Scrapbookingmamaw…with another Step-by-Step Instructional Tutorial on making homemade charms using a tag. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Color supplies

Distress Inks (I used 3 colors of Distress Inks)

3 sponges to color, and 1 tag (small)













Step 2: Trimmer

Get your paper trimmer and trim your tag to 4” by cutting the top of the tag off












Step 3: Color your Tag

Take your inks and start sponging randomly all over your tag. I started out by using my lightest color to my darkest color. Keep in mind the color will change as we go further along. I wanted to lighten mine up some, so I got me a Prima Frost Color Spray Mist and sprayed on the tag, then dabbed it with a sea sponge (optional). You’ll see the difference in the next step.





















Step 4: Cover the back

Cut yourself a piece of cardstock (solid or printed), the same size of your tag, then attach it with liquid glue to the back of the tag front. Tip: Don’t use hot glue, as it dries too quickly. Let it dry.



















Step 5: Trim the tag

Take your tag and, cutting from the top end, trim 1” strips. You’ll end up with 8, but for this tutorial we will concentrate on only using a couple of the pieces.
























Step 6: Decorate

Here’s where your creativity comes in. You can now decorate the individual pieces of “inchies”. For me, I stamped different pictures on each piece (I went ahead and decorated all 8, even though I’m only using 2 of them for the project). The leftovers you have will come in handy for even more charms or mixed media projects! I then took paste and ran it over the edge of some, and all over on others.


















Step 7: Add some bling!

At this point, I put some Glossy Accents onto each piece, then sprinkled Diamond Glass Glitter on top of the pieces before they dried. You could add sequins, or seed beads, or whatever element you want. I also used Glossy Accents on the back with no bling, but I let the front dry completely first. Be careful with the glass glitter, it is sharp!





















Step 8: To connect to a chain

Once dried, use your hole punch (a strong one) to punch a hole in the top. When you open up your jump rings, be sure to open front to back, not side to side as the ring will distort. Here is an example of 2 rings together.


Use round nose pliers to open











Slip ring into the hole of the charm, then on the chain









Step 9:  Adding another charm piece

I wanted another charm to the chain, so I attached 3 rings together, took 1 end of them and slipped it through the hole in the other charm, then took the ring on the other end and hooked it onto the chain with the 1st charm.





















Your charm tags are finished!









As you can see, I put holes into the bottoms of each charm piece because I wanted to make it more stable. It’s totally up to you which way you want to make it. 😊

Thanks for stopping by!

Jeanie Ellis, Scrapbookingmamaw


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