Charm Making 101

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I received lots of request for instructions on how I created my charms for the Tim Holtz cruise charm swap so here they are!  I included the directions for the front and the back metal embossed!  Enjoy!  The video should be very easy to follow and hopefully the sound quality is better.  I used my new Flip. :)    To see the charms in more detail you can click HERE to view the post where I show all the charms in detail.

Here are the supplies that I used to create the charms...


Christina Hicks August 30, 2011 at 6:43 AM  

I am so glad you put a tutorial on here for your charms. I was so impressed with them and cant believe how easy it was for you to make them.

donna!ee August 30, 2011 at 6:54 AM  

thank you much...this is cool!!! :)

Lynda August 30, 2011 at 7:48 AM  

Christie, What a great tut!These will definitely be on my to do list! Thanks.

Anonymous August 30, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

Oh Christie! Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial. I have been watching you create your charms and boy oh boy did I think they must be difficult, but now...I am going to make some for Halloween. As always thanks for sharing!

Laura August 30, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

Christie, I love you!!!

Thanks for the tutorial. I'm glad it's not a pop can actually, and I just was down in the states and happened to pick up some of that sticky metal paper stuff. I've ordered the embossing folder and so I'm anticipating getting at these soon.

Thanks for all your efforts.


badgersue August 30, 2011 at 9:53 AM  

These are beautiful but I'm wondering how you imagine people could use these in their daily life.

Nana Bluebird aka Kathy Aho August 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM  

Bravo on the lovely charms. As for how to use them, maybe on bracelets, on bookmarks, on keyrings, on earrings, as light pulls, on a necklace, on a ribbon around a vintage teddy bear's neck, etc. Even as pull knob openers on altered books or boxes. Delightful!

Shoshi August 30, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

Christie, these are great! I've been finding myself moving away from Tim Holtz style lately (OK, that's probably blasphemy to some of you lol!!) - not that I've ever done much but when I started I really liked it. However, having seen this video tutorial, I must say I'd like to get some of that paper, and those charm blanks, and I really like that embossing folder! I think there's actually a lot you could do with it without it being too dark and grungey, and which would fit in more with my own developing individual style. Lots of inspiration - thanks so much for sharing, and for putting it across so well.

shari August 30, 2011 at 10:23 AM  

Christie, Thanks so much for answering my question on the metal embossed. Great tutorial, I really appreciate the step by step. Shari (cricutrookie)

Gail LaCroix August 30, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

Thanks so much for making this great tutorial. I can't wait to make a few!

Ann August 30, 2011 at 11:10 AM  

They are so awesome! The problem I seem to have is with the rings. What brand of rings are you using (the round metal circles to attach the charms). Also, are you just using misc charms or TH ones?

Amy* August 30, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

Fantastic tutorial! I will be trying the embossed metal trick tonight (patchwork is my fave too) totally needed the inspiration as I am attempting my first project with fragments for Halloween. Awesome job! Have fun on the cruise!

Aly August 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM  

Thank you for the Tutorial! I love your tags! I want to make some for my daughter and nieces!

Lyn August 30, 2011 at 12:42 PM  

Thanks for the tutorial. I ran to my local stamp store and was told Ranger has discontinued the Fragment Charms. Oh No!! Ran home to Ebay and easily found them. Yipee! Waiting for them to arrive. I don't have an embossing machine but I'll figure out something for the back. I'm just glad I could find the charms. I hope the store was incorrect about the charms being discontinued.

Kate Burroughs August 30, 2011 at 1:23 PM  

Love the tutorial. TFS!
Aloha, Kate

Debbie August 30, 2011 at 1:32 PM  

Christie~ I spent 2 days trying to figure out how to do this (with no luck!). Thank you so very much for taking the time to teach others how you create such beautiful charms!

Bunnyfreak August 30, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

Thanks so much for this. Maybe now I will sign up for the ATT charm swap. I have the same pink file and it came in a set made by Basic Grey.

Shelly Schmidt August 30, 2011 at 6:02 PM  

Love this tutorial...I have most of this stuff- and that was quick and such a great result! Fun!

Maria August 30, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

I also was tickled to see this have inspired me! Thanks so much!!

Gloria Westerman August 31, 2011 at 8:41 AM  

OMGosh!!! Christie you are amazing!!!! And so right about how easy this was.....I love this....thank you so much for sharing this with us....and I'm just hope Tim see this....even he would be impress.....thank you again....I will be making these for sure....

Deborah Mahnken August 31, 2011 at 9:18 AM  

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing your process. I'm also loving the book marks you did. Hmm... I see a few Tim-inspired bookmarks in my future :)

Bast September 2, 2011 at 12:57 PM  

Thanx so much for the video tutorial! The are just beautiful and I cannot wait to make a bunch.


Pamela Levingston September 2, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

I love your blog and videos!

Unknown September 4, 2011 at 4:08 PM  

Thanks Christie for this video, I love those charms! I want to make a few for my girlfriends. There are 6 of us that scrap together regularly and one of our friends was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months ago. She is fighting hard and has a long road to go. I thought if I could re-size a picture of all of us to use on the tag and then one of the word charms, she could carry us & our prayers with her all the time.
Pam F. from yahoo group scrapbooking rooms

Unknown September 6, 2011 at 8:04 AM  

Christie, I loved your great ideas for these products! I've owned all those things for so long and have done very little with them. Thanks for the inspiration. I actually need a new key ring and think this might be perfect! ♥♥

amyhill February 3, 2013 at 9:13 AM  


Love this video! Could you use photos and Glossy Accents to make photo charms? I'm thinking about Mother's Day gifts for my nieces with their kids pics on them!


Unknown February 28, 2015 at 8:59 PM  

Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed the video.

Danielle September 15, 2015 at 4:12 PM  

These are so awesome!!! I just came across the video/picture of the charms on Pinterest and I love them. Thank you so much for sharing how you create them!

KRY December 31, 2015 at 9:52 AM  

Thank you for teaching me this!

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