Saturday, January 23, 2010

Custom Pretty Pebbles Tutorial

Hello fellow beautiful scrappers! Today I have a tutorial on how to create your very own custom pebbles. I just love all those pretty little pebbles you can buy to add that special depth to your projects... I just hate to pay the prices for so few especially when I only end up liking and using a couple out of the package! So I got to looking at those bad boys and realized that they would be SO easy to make! I went to my local Michaels and picked up some clear glass flat backed pebbles - $2.49 for a bag of 20. Got on the computer and searched for images that I loved...printed those out onto white cardstock using my thumbnail option which is the perfect size. And then got busy making my pretty custom pebbles!

Here is how I did it:

Supplies needed:
Clear flat backed pebbles. (I used 1" and 1 1/4")
Your images/pictures
Glossy Accents
Then I simply layed my pebbles onto the pictures I printed to get the positioning I wanted.

Then traced around the pebble with a pencil for a guideline as to where to cut. I used pencil so I could go back in and erase the marks so they wouldn't show through the glass!

Then of course we just simply cut them out. And there we have it...the backs for our pebbles.

Next take some glossy accents and apply a glob to the center of your image. I used glossy accents because it dries completely clear and doesn't deflect from the glass effect we are going for. Plus that stuff can glue like no other!

Using your finger spread the glossy accents into a thin layer over your entire image. This is the only messy part of the entire process I promise :)

Then simply lay your pebble on top of the image. Using your fingers make sure to gently press out any air bubbles you see between the image and the glass. Start in the middle of the image and work out.

On this one I didn't use glossy accents for the glue. Rather I used Diamond Stickles and it sealed beautifully! I love the glittery effect that the glitter gives to the pebbles and you could use any color. Just one more way to create a custom pebble for your project!

I even used some vintage music sheet paper for one of the pebbles below. Love it! Turn rub ons into pebbles, pictures of your children, Or even just a sweet sentiment. The possibilities are endless!!! To create the 6 pebbles below it only took a matter of minutes. A quick, easy, and custom look for your projects at a VERY reasonable price!


  1. This is fantastic! I can't wait to try it! Do you use a special kind of printer ink? I was just wondering if the glossy accents will make the ink bleed at all. Thanks so much for posting! :)

  2. I use HP Vivera inks for all my printing and I haven't had a bleeding problem yet when it comes in contact with the glossy accents. Maybe that's because you really don't use too much of it....

  3. I don't think you can do any better than homemade embellishments! These are soo much better than a set of pebbles that would be sold in stores! Thanks for the tut Amy!