Have you ever wished that you could make your own metal charms? Do you like charms with words, but wished for different ones? I have a simple way to make your own charms using foil tape from the hardware store, along with supplies you probably already have: cardstock and punches.
Start by taking a strip of the tape and adhering it to a scrap of cardstock and brayering it. Use a small piece - this tape is so sticky, that if you cut too large of a piece it will stick to itself becoming a big mess and it's just easier to start over. Punch 2 pieces from the taped cardstock and 1 piece from plain cardstock and glue these together making a sandwich with the foil taped pieces on the outside and the plain one on the inside. Brayer your piece well and then use a silver leafing pen to cover the edges of your cardstock. You can use any punches that you have to create shaped charms following the same sandwich recipe.
So now that you have these cool charm blanks what can you do with them? As stampers, of course the first thing that comes to mind is stamping on them. I used StazOn, but you could easily use any ink with embossing powder, too giving a textured effect.
Here's how they look stamped...
Of course, there are more ways to embellish the charm blanks. I used metal stamps and a hammer to deboss words into them. Now you can spell out any word you'd like! To make the word stand out even more, place paint over the charm and, while it's still wet, wipe it off with a paper towel leaving the paint in the word.
Here's a close-up of how different you can make them look with just adding paint.
Here's a way that you can make an embossed charm. I used a letter diecut from cardstock (I adhered two diecuts together to give good depth), but you could also use a chipboard letter. Adhere the letter to the cardstock and then add the foil tape over it. First rub it with your finger, then use a paper stump to emboss around it. Avoid using a stylus for this step because it will tear the tape. Complete the charm as before using three pieces to create a sandwich.
You can also emboss the charm blanks by placing them inside an embossing folder and using a Cuttlebug or other type of die cutting machine. Once you have an embossed charm, you can further customize it by coloring it with alcohol inks, StazOn ink, and paint. On the inked charms, once the ink is dry, you can lightly sand the raised areas with a sanding block creating a nice silver contrast.
Here are examples of charms done this way.
You can combine any of the techniques to make a truly customized charm then just punch a hole with a Crop-A-Dile, add a jump ring, and they're ready to use!
Here are some examples where I've used them on a card, ATC's and tags.
Thanks so much for reading my tutorial and I hope you'll try making your own charms!