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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

'Diamond Tiles' Background and Accents in all Die Cut Cards

Updated: Jan 12

Hello everyone! Hope all is well with you. I have been without my cast for a week! YAY! Never having broken a bone before, I was shocked that my hand was so weak and painful ... I asked the technician to put the cast back on! Her response was, "I warned you how it would feel!" LOL!!! There has been a huge improvement in just a few days. I attribute my growing strength to the therapy I am getting in the crafting room! Really!

Today's project feature all die cut cards using Simon Says Stamp's Diamond Tiles. This die set was part of their DIEcember release. I am always on the look out for those sets that will never become dated and can be used for any occasion. I see them as good value for your money because they will be used time and time again. The Diamond Tiles die set is perfect for creating backgrounds or accents. I have included examples of both in masculine and feminine cards.

Background Tile Cards

To begin these cards, a sticky base is created with Sookwang double-sided tape on copy paper. Tip ...

Paper piecing on copy paper makes it easy to die cut afterwards. Die cutting through two thicknesses of card stock is HARD work for you and the machine!

The patterns for all three cards are inlaid and were configured and taped together before adhering them to the copy paper panel. They were die cut with the largest or second largest of My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle Stax 2 die set. The card bases for this set of cards are A2 sized.

Sending Smiles

I used the largest diamond tile with the small diamond cut out. Nine tiles of silver glitter paper and four tiles of softly textured white cotton paper were die cut. The tile panel was mounted on foam before it was attached to Surf Blue card stock. The sentiment, Simon's Sending Smiles, was die cut from the same card stock and mounted on foam. The tiny hearts are from the sentiment ... included in the 'g' on sending! Nuvo Crystal Drops, Morning Dew, was applied to these foam based hearts.

Happy Birthday

The four main inlaid diamonds were created by die cutting the largest tile (Soft Navy) and using the next sized tile to cut out the centre of that die cut. Die cut Teal card stock with medium tile. Repeat .... cut the Teal die cut with the small tile and finally the Surf Blue with the small tile with the diamond centre. The final matte gold diamond was cut using this last die.

The following tiles were cut with the largest quadrant die; two of matte gold and one each of Surf Blue and Teal. The tile panel was mounted on foam. The sentiment, Simon's Happy Birthday Brush Script, was die cut from matte gold card stock and the shadow die from Soft Navy card stock and black foam.

Thanks ... seriously!

This argyle print was created with the small diamond and the diamond with the cut out. The alternating pattern was created with Chiffon Yellow and Slate/Schoolhouse Red. The panel was mounted on the red card stock leaving an 1/8" border and then on the slate grey that was die cut with the largest stitched rectangle die. Simon's Bold Thanks was die cut from both Schoolhouse red and black foam. The secondary sentiment was stamped with Versafine ink on slate and bordered with the red card stock.

Tiles As Accents

The tile accents for both of these cards are mounted on foam and consist of two layers. The dimension helps the elements stand out from their backgrounds.


Three medium solid tiles were cut from Sea Glass and white foam and stacked. The small quadrant tile with the tile cut out was used to cut foam and card stock from my scrap bin ... pink, fuchsia, yellow, peach and green. The trapezoids were mounted on foam but the centre diamond was not. I moved the colours around for some interest. The centre was filled with Glossy Accents. Simon's Bravo (retired) was die cut from rainbow patterned paper and foam. The elements were mounted on a foam mounted,

die cut background using Simon's Folk Dance.

Love You

The smallest solid tile was used to die cut Schoolhouse Red card stock and black foam, The tile die with the small diamond in the centre and the shadow die from Simon's Love You was used to cut matte gold card stock and black foam. The small foam backed diamonds were mounted on the red diamonds. The patterned paper and red card stock were die cut using the two largest stitched rectangle dies. The elements were adhered.

Video Tutorial, please link HERE.

Supplies Used in this Post

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