Pearlized Flourishes for Scrapbooking: Make Your Own

From crystals, to pearls to rhinestones and beyond, bling is hot in scrapbooking right now! However, bling can be expensive. In this tutorial, you will learn how to make your own pearlized flourishes for much less. Not only are these less expensive, but quick and easy to create as well as easily customizable. supplies for pearlizing Supply list:

  • Bling flourish (you want to copy)
  • Pearl paint (Ranger's liquid pearls, Tulips pearl fabric paint)
  • Transparency
  • Scanner/copier

Step 1: Scan/Copy Original Flourish

This step may require some experimenting on your part to get the desired result. I started out scanning with flourish still attached to original backing. Finally, I ended up copying and printing in one step.

pearl flourish

Step 2: Place transparency on top of copied image.

transparency over flourish

Step 3: Begin Painting

Add dots of paint following copy as your guide. Keep paint bottle straight up for better “beads” of paint.

add dots of paint

Continue adding paint. This copy has multiple flourishes. You can copy “as is” or only use the ones you want.

making flourish with dots of paint

Once you have finished making all your beads, let dry.

Step 4: Trim Around Flourish

The clear transparency will be barely visible on your finished project.

trimmed around paint

Finished card using handmade pearl flourish.

finished card with handmade flourish

The flourish didn’t quite fit my card placement, so I cut it apart and placed around the sentiment how I wanted.

A few ideas:

  • You can use any type of flourish or pattern. Just follow along lines, making dots of paint.
  • Stamps-I have also seen rubberstamps of “dotted” flourishes. Stamp with watermark ink or a light ink and cover each stamped dot with a dot of paint.
  • Find a digital image online you can print out and use for your pattern.
  • Think outside the box! You can use any shape, pattern or design you want. Simply follow along the design placing spaced dots of paint. Good luck and fun!

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