Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Tutorial: Homemade Flourishes by Caroli!

Flourishes are one of my favorite embelishments, they are so delicate and elegant, but sometimes I can't find the right color or shape for the specific project I'm working on, and that's when making your own flourishes becomes really handy.

For creating your own flourishes you will need:

- One piece of acetate.
- One image of the flourish you want to make.
- Fiskars eyelet setters or any other similar tool.
- Rhinestones, pearls or liquid pearls.
- Glue pen and tweezers.
Place the piece of acetate over your flourish image and fix it with some scotch tape.

Use the eyelet setter for perforating the pattern and continue until completing the whole flourish. You can perforate 2 sizes of holes so the effect will be nicer.

Once you've finished it will look like this:

Remove the perforated acetate and place it over the area you want the flourish on your project. The good thing of using acetate is that it is clear, so you will have a concrete idea of how it will look like along with the rest of the elements on the project.


With the help of the tweezers and the glue pen start placing the rhinestones/pearls following the pattern. One thing I find very useful is to mark a tiny point with the pencil on each hole, so it will be easier to remove the pattern and glue the jewel directly. This is specially useful if you are using liquid pearls!

Once you've finished it will look like this:

You can use the whole pattern or just a part of it. You can also combine and place the pattern again and create a bigger flourish.

This is how my flourish came out finally, cute uh? It was super easy and you can keep the pattern for future uses.


  1. Brilliant Abby. I bought a tiny flourish the other day and it was £4, and was no where near big enough. Making my own will be a doddle now and will be fab on my Scrapbook pages. Thank you. Debbiexx

  2. What a fabulous tutorial. Thanks very much.
    Dawn x

  3. what a great idea!!! thanks Caroli!

  4. wow what a great idea thanks for the tutorial caroli.

    greetings karin

  5. This is such a good idea!! Thank you for sharing!


  6. This is brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial. I'm definitely going to try this.

  7. I loooove this technique!!!!! Definitely going to give it a whirl!

  8. What a cool tutorial....you will save me a fortune...thank you so much!

  9. I´m so happy you liked the tutorial :) Now let's make flourishes everywhere!

  10. Like the Flourish creation. Thanks for sharing the step by step instructions.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  11. Very cool idea! Thanks so much for this informative tutorial:)

  12. what happen to the picture? its black blank

  13. Your Pictures are all blacked out with an exclamation point??

  14. excuse me...sorry...i can't see the pictures...


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