12 July 2013

Simple Card Tutorial With Flat-Back Pearl Embellishment

Hi everyone! This is my very first tutorial. I am going to show you how to make a simple blank handmade card for any occasion using easy to find materials and one of my favorite embellishments to use in my projects - flat-back pearls.

What you need:

  • Plain card stock for the card, I used 4 x 6 inches cardstock
  • Patterned papers cut in various sizes (my favorite brand is Bo Bunny and K & Company but there are a lot more with fancy designs in the craft mart)
  • Matting papers (any solid or block colored card stock or art paper will do) for background and framing
  • Cut-out letters - H E L L O or any greetings or sentiments you want to use
  • Scissors
  • Glue for the flat-back pearls
  • Fine tip tweezers to pick up the small flat-back pearls
  • Double-sided tape or roller adhesive tape
  • 3-d foam with double adhesive
  • Ribbon, about 8 to 10 inches long and folded for double-ribbon effect
  • Embellishments: butterfly chipboard and flat-back pearls (about 3mm diameter) in pink and cream. I got the flat back pearls from Qrhinestones of Etsy. (You should check Emily's Qrhinestones for more beads and fancy gems to use on your projects. She ships very promptly too!)
  • Optional: Pigment inkpads for side-inking effect (I used a pigment-based ink to ink the edge of the yellow matting paper)

(This project can be done in less than 15 minutes as long as you have everything you need within your reach.)

And here's how you do it:

  1. Gather your materials.
  2. Apply adhesive at the back of the matting and patterned paper .
  3. Layer the papers together, arranging them in gradual decrease in size. Do not stick the papers on the cardstock yet at this point as we will add ribbon later. I always tuck the edge of my ribbon beneath the matting papers for a clean finish. I also inked the side of the yellow paper for some drama and emphasis.
  4. Cut out some small strips of 3-D foam with adhesives and adhere to the cut-out letters.
  5. Fold the ribbon in half and make a bow. This method will create a double ribbon in one knot. Tuck the edges under the biggest matting paper. Now, apply double-adhesive tape on the biggest matting. Peel off the protective film of the adhesive.
  6. Stick the matting papers which is now your card topper on the card stock.
  7. Stick a butterfly embellishment at the edge and dot some glue to stick the cream flat-back pearls.
  8. Now dot an undulating line on top of the letters and stick the pink flat-back pearls.
  9. And now,  you have your simple card done!

Easy, right?


  1. Thanks for sharing, the card is very cute and suitable for many occasions.

    1. Welcome Emily! Thanks for the cute flat-back pearls from your Etsy shop. :)

  2. Okay, I am waiting for my hello card sis lol. Kidding aside, you are so crafty, I don't have that skill and talent!

  3. You made it look so easy but for a no talent like me, that is a hard task lol

  4. I also love crafting. All of us in the family share the same passion for crafts. Your card tutorial is kind of easy to do. I love the color combination and the rhine stones you used. Very cute! :)

  5. Very nice! I should really go back to crafting, it's been a while.

  6. this is really nice.. im really not that creative.. but I want to try to do something like this :D

  7. Looks so easy to make and practical instead of buying cards. I think I need to start making cards for Christmas

  8. this is such a fun activity to do with kids which i enjoyed doing so with my nieces and nephew before, but now, i wonder why i did not continue on this one as a hobby, but this could be one very therapeutic hobby too, and you would make people happy too by sending it to them, or you could sell your craft too.

  9. what a beautiful card you make, i wonder for me though if it would take me less than 15 minutes, haha, i am so perfectionist that oftentimes i keep on changing and changing :(

  10. Awww! These are beautiful and helpful tips Sis. I do appreciate your tips. I hope that I can make one beautiful like this :-)

  11. Hi Ria, that's a really nice card. I love giving handmade cards on birthdays or special occasions and I'm inspired to make one right now. I just need to buy those flat back pears, I never used them before but they seem to be really nice and they added glam to the card.

  12. Yay, sis. This is so Pinterest cute! I love, love the flat back pearls and how it trails along going to the H in Hello. So dainty!

  13. nothing beats personalized gifts and this is one of them! I love how you make it look so easy! :)

  14. I always want to try making and customizing my own cards. I mean, I sure it will be fun and could be a good bonding activity with my kid.

  15. Bookmark this one. Easy tutorial and the card looks fine.

  16. That look's so easy but i'm sure it will take longer if I make that considering my daughter is around so she will make a big mess and help at the same time.

  17. I am not really an artist or anyone who is good in art. But seeing your tutorial made me think I can do it. Hehe

  18. Those really look nice! I haven't had a hand in crafting lately...I hope I get some time to :)

  19. Love this card. It's simplicity rocks.


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