The boxes are coming!!!

The boxes are coming!!!

AUGUST 10th will be the last day your order (or pre-order) will come with a free tube included. All orders (and pre-orders) placed prior to August 10th 11:59pm CST will still come in one of our telescoping storage tubes.
July 27, 2022 — Adrian Scarborough
January International shipping update (READ THIS!) - Craftibly

January International shipping update (READ THIS!)

I know this is a really long post, but read this, understand it, we're serious here, and we're gonna be a little more blunt than normal because we want this to be very well understood.
January 05, 2022 — Adrian Scarborough
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International orders are being suspended - Craftibly

International orders are being suspended

This post is outdated now that international shipping has been reopened.

We are sad to share that we will be suspending international shipping other than to Canada. This will take effect 12:00 PM CST on Monday April 26th.

April 23, 2021 — Adrian Scarborough
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Craftibly News Spring 2021 - Craftibly

Craftibly News Spring 2021

Here at Craftibly, we have backgrounds in art and we feel strongly that artists should receive credit and payment for their work. We work directly with the artists and/or their agents to license all of the work we develop into diamond paintings.

March 13, 2021 — Amy Rasor
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7 Diamond Painting Improvements / New Features | Craftibly

7 Diamond Painting Improvements / New Features

Craftibly is adding a new set of diamond paintings soon and we’re excited to announce some diamond painting improvements that are being made based off of feedback we’ve received! If you are looking for information about our new storefront opening you can also click here.

Better Legend Placement

Right Side Key Is Now Lower For Easier Reading While Diamond Painting

Tons of people mentioned this, so one of the diamond painting improvements we have made was to move the key to be lower on the right side! Now you can more easily read the key when working at different angles!


All of our previous diamond paintings had a limit of 30 colors on any given diamond painting, but this set is going to change that. There will now be more than 30 different colors on many diamond paintings. This change will apply to multiple diamond paintings that are being restocked as well!

This round of diamond paintings will be limited to 40 colors (or less) for now but in the future you should plan on seeing 60 colors or more on many of our kits! Plus more diamond painting improvements in the future!

We will now have renders on our product pages!


Coastal Shells 30×30 Round Drill Rendering

Again, you asked and we’re delivering! Product pages will now feature renders of how the diamond painting should look when completed!

Branded Wax Jar

Craftibly Wax Jar

While it’s not branded tweezers (might see them in the future) it is certainly nice to be able to provide wax in sealable jars with our logo! This is one of those diamond painting improvements that makes sure you will have a reusable item featuring yours truly next time you order a kit 😉

Branded tubes

New Craftibly Tubes With Branding

Of all the diamond painting improvements listed here today this one might be our favorite! Maybe not a big deal for many of you but we are pretty excited! Our new diamond painting tubes have been branded and resized to fit our now standardized DP sizes! Same stable sturdy tubes to keep diamond paintings safe but now decorated so you know who it’s from at first sight!

Celebrate Sunrise Inventory Sheet

Sticker Sheets with Symbols

Many of you have asked for symbols to be on the bags of drills. We love this idea but due to some difficulties with the factory we will be providing our inventory sheets on label paper so those wishing to put them on bags will be able. Large print and easy-to-read, they are great for a moveable color key or to cut out and add to a scrapbook record of your work too.

UPDATE 1/1/2021: Since the original posting of this article we have updated these sheets with even more diamond painting improvements, making them peelable pre-cut stickers so that folks aren’t having to fumble with the backing to get it off. They are still big but now you can just peel and stick!

Improved Plastic for Drill Bags

Hate the crinkle sound from the cheap Chinese cellophane used to bundle your drills and items? We do too. We will now be bundling everything together in nice pliable poly bags and tubing.

UPDATE 1/1/2021: Since the original posting of this article on diamond painting improvements, we have walked back a bit on this idea. We were hoping more people would be excited by the “quieter” plastic but most of you indicated that it didn’t really matter. The drills are all still pre-bagged but we will be leaving them grouped together in the regular plastic for now. Michael has a few ideas for some fun improvements in this area down the road.

July 03, 2020 — Michael Rasor
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Craftibly will become the first physical diamond painting store this July, 2020! - Craftibly

Craftibly will become the first physical diamond painting store this July, 2020!

It’s always been our plan to have Craftibly be the first diamond painting store in America, but up until now we’ve had our products set up in a corner of our other retail business while we’ve tried to nail down a physical location to give Craftibly a home (COVID didn’t help).

We’re excited to say, it’s finally happening!

What will having a diamond painting store mean?

So many great things! We’ve gotten several calls over the last few weeks asking where we are located, and our being placed in another business has led to some confusion. Now we’ll have our own store with it’s own sign and everything! We’ll also have a lot more room to prepare, store, and ship diamond paintings out of which will make things much faster and easier. Until now, we’ve actually been keeping the majority of our products safe in a climate controlled storage but now we’ll have access to everything in one place!

What’s the new location for the Craftibly diamond painting store?

The new Craftibly diamond painting store is going to be located at 6918 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas, 76116
We will be located immediately next to Kintaro Fort Worth in a shopping center anchored by Goodwill Camp Bowie!

You can find contact info for the new store at our contact page!

When will the store be ready?

We expect to have the new Craftibly diamond painting store open for business by July 28th, 2020!

What are the hours for the new location?

We will start off being open Monday-Friday from 11:00AM-6:00PM!

What’s next for Craftibly?

We just got word that our latest additions are on the way, view them here. In addition, we have been busy adding many new features to our kits. While for the near foreseeable future we will be busy with orders, licensing artists, and getting new diamond painting designs ordered, the next step for the business will most likely be organizing and hosting diamond painting events where people from the DFW area can gather to diamond paint in a comfortable, friendly environment.

Stay tuned!



Grand Opening

July 02, 2020 — Michael Rasor
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3 Reasons Why Light Pads Will Change Your Life! - Craftibly

3 Reasons Why Light Pads Will Change Your Life!

Finding it difficult to tell the difference between two symbols on your diamond painting? Is the lighting creating shadows that make it difficult to see the grid clearly? Light pads are the perfect accessory for every diamond painter out there! I diamond paint at night after I put my daughter to bed to still my mind and clear my head. By that time the lights in the house are low and I don’t want to wake my husband or child. This amazing tool allows me to clearly see the grid clearly no matter what my lighting situation may be!

Grids Become Crystal Clear

Having a hard time seeing the grid with the naked eye? Are your symbols blurry or unclear? Glasses may not be needed with the use of a handy light pad. Illuminating light from underneath your diamond painting canvas will add more contrast to clarify images you are having a hard time focusing on.

I have experienced multiple diamond painting canvases where the symbols of two very similar colors were so close in design that I have to squint in order to tell the difference. For example, I was working on an image for my daughter’s room where two similar blues were given “8” and “S” as their symbols. I was having a hard time telling the two apart. Once I put my light pad underneath the section I was working on, the symbols became much clearer. This allowed me to work through each section quickly.

In the same area, the blue areas were dark enough in color that the grid lines became hard to see. If you have ever done a square drill diamond painting, you know how important it is to align the edges of your drills to the grid lines. Without those there would be gaps between the drills or they may sit crooked on the canvas. Having my light pad allowed me to see the lines to create something my daughter would be proud to show to her friends!

Light Pads at Night

Light Pads On Craft Desk Turned On

As I mentioned in the opening of this blog, diamond painting is my way to relax at the end of the day while all the lights are out. The question I was having at the beginning of my diamond painting adventure was, “How do I enjoy this at night without bothering the ones I love?” The person who first introduced me to my new craft addiction mentioned getting a light pad similar to the ones used to trace images accurately.

Light pads are lightweight, thin, have low energy consumption, and three LED light settings. Sectioning off the area I am working on to a size smaller than the pad makes using it simple and easy. The thickness is perfect for not bending the canvas, reducing the risk of drills popping off. The best feature of all is the three light settings. No matter what kind of room lighting you are working with or what color the canvas is, there is a light setting to help you see the details.

Each of the three light settings on a light pad has a great purpose. Use the lowest light setting allows for clear images in extremely low light settings. If you illuminate too much light under the canvas when you are surrounded by darkness, the contrast between the two can tire the eyes. When I work on a canvas at night in the bedroom while my husband is sleeping, I find it easiest to do so with low light. The highest light setting is great when you have lots of light around you causing glare on the canvas. High light will break through the glare to create a clear image.

So, why would you ever need the middle setting? Well, there is a simple answer to this. Sometimes you just need that little extra light under your canvas, even in perfect or just slightly dimmed light in order to see the symbols clearly. There are also diamond painters that have some eyesight issues where having the extra contrast is a must. The middle setting is probably the one I use the most. I have a craft room in my home that is my little sanctuary. I like to dim the lights, light a few candles, turn on my favorite music, and diamond paint to relax. The extra touch of light allows me to clearly see everything I need to at the end of the days, even when my eyes are tired.

Luxurious Light Pads

There are a number of light pads out there for multiple artistic uses. The A4 Light Pad we offer here at Craftibly is the most common and popular one used among the diamond painting community. The thin sized and multiple light settings provide clear illumination of every sparkly detail. If you are having issues distinguishing between symbols or if things still seem blurry while wearing magnifying glasses, grab a light pad. It makes all the difference. And remember to make each and every day Craftibly Yours!!!

Light pad on a table helping to light a diamond painting
October 10, 2019 — Amy Rasor
The 3 Best Easy Diamond Drill Storage Solutions - Craftibly

The 3 Best Easy Diamond Drill Storage Solutions

Looking for a way to organize all the tiny diamond drills that come with each and every diamond painting kit? We have you covered!!! From drill storage containers you can purchase to storage hacks using common household items, this article will get you organized in a flash. No matter what type of storage or organization you choose, always remember that labeling is key to keeping track of drill colors.

What Diamond Drill Storage Options Can I Purchase?

Finding a diamond drill storage unit popular in the diamond painting community is easy, but understanding the features and benefits are a little more difficult. You will find different shaped containers, different types of cases, as well as special pockets to hold other accessories. Here are a link to the diamond painter storage options that Craftibly carries.

The Crafter Hard Cover and Soft Cover Storage Totes share some very similar features including the foam bracket designed to hold cylindrical plastic storage jars. Both have jars included, comfortable handles for diamond painting on the go, storage pockets for accessories and an elegant zipper design made of durable nylon cloth. The main difference between the two is the number of containers it can hold and the material on the outside.

Diamond Drill Storage Soft Cover Crafter Case Blue

The Hard Cover Tote features a hard outer shell and can hold up to 132 jars due to an internal stacking option. The Hard Cover also includes a zippered internal pocket to hold any accessories you may want to keep close to your drills.

The Soft Cover Tote features a durable, yet soft, outer shell and can hold up to 60 jars. Inside the tote is a mesh-style pouch to hold your accessories. There is also a version that comes with a tool bundle. Both can hold a large number of jars perfect for any diamond painting project. Having a portable compact case that carries everything you will need is always a key when diamond painting on the go.

There are two additional plastic diamond drill storage containers widely used by diamond painters. The first is a Tic-Tac Style Plastic Drill Container which contains 64 flip top storage units that resemble a Tic-Tac Box. The plastic case these come in have a secure snap-close lid and a plastic handle. The style of these storage units makes it easy to pour into a smaller drill tray and allows for more precise pouring amounts.

The Basic Plastic Drill Organizer comes in two different sizes. One contains 28 grid while the other holds 56. These grids are made up of a series of 4 connected diamond grids. Each of these grids as well as the case seal with snap latches that are sturdy and easy to use.

I use the grid-style containers because I primarily diamond paint at home and do not need to carry my tools or diamond drills with me. They are easy to store and keep me very organized. However, Rachel uses the Soft Cover Tote. She is an insanely skilled diamond painter who works on projects both at home and on the go. She prefers that each storage unit is separate and not connected. She also enjoys that the case is easy to carry with her when she needs to. All these storage options have their advantages. Pick the one that speaks to the crafter in you.

Household Diamond Drill Storage Hacks

There are multiple diamond painting drill storage hacks that can be made with simple household items as well as the plastic bags that come with every Craftibly Diamond Painting Kit. These can be created from the comfort of your own home until you are ready or able to purchase a storage container. It is completely possible you are going to be able to create a storage solution at home that is perfect for all your needs.

One of my favorite at-home storage hacks I have seen beginners use is known as the “Dry Cleaning ” storage hanger. What you will need to make one of these is large safety pins commonly used to hold fabric together, a clothing hanger that is not too thick, and the plastic bags that come with Diamond Painting Kits.

You will also need either a permanent marker or label stickers and a pen. You hang the safety pin around the bottom of the hanger and then insert the pin into the top of the baggie before the seal line. This is used to hang the drills along the hanger and makes it easy to look through them for the color you need. The permanent marker or label stickers are used to label them with the DMC Color Code associated with each diamond drill color. Easy and cheap to make yet keeps organization and sorting easy and simple.

Diamond Drill Storage Household Hacks

Another innovative drill storage hack utilizes a K-Cup Spinner/Organizer and those little plastic containers used to hold condiments. This will hold a large number of drills in each container, which appeals to those working on really large diamond paintings. You can label each one of the plastic containers with a permanent marker or sticker label just like the “Dry Cleaning” hack mentioned above. Simply place each of the plastic containers into the K-Cup slot and you are ready to go.

There are a number of other hacks for diamond painting storage. Some use small Tupperware containers, pill organizers, or get as creative as using a cleaned egg carton. Hacks are great because it utilizes items around the house that are otherwise not being used. One of the best parts of becoming a crafter is creating the things you need to stay organized.

Labeling My Storage Containers

Why is labeling your storage units so important you may ask? Well, there is a simple answer to that. Each diamond painting kit comes with numerous different colored drills, but some of those colors look very similar to each other. Labeling each container makes it easy to pick the right DMC colored drill when working on your project. When working in sections, as most diamond painters do, you find yourself going back and forth between colors. Locating the right DMC number is so much easier than trying to match the diamond drill color or remembering which color belongs to which symbol. After all, there are 447 DMC diamond drill colors and that makes it easy to confuse colors, especially when the difference between colors can be very subtle.

Labeling can be done in many different ways. One popular way is with label stickers that allow you to write on them. These stickers are available here at Craftibly. The plus of using stickers is that they can be removed and replaced very easily. Labeling with a permanent marker is also a popular way to label containers. The plus to this is it is simple, and you probably will not need to purchase anything. The downfall to this is removing the marker can be difficult after you finish a project.

Life Hack: There is a little known secret that many women are not aware of, traditional hairspray actually dissolves permanent marker making it easier to remove from most surfaces. I learned this after my daughter colored my coffee table with a black sharpie.

Which Option Is Right For Me?

Finding the right storage option for you is a matter of preference. Some find storage containers you can purchase to be the easiest and best choice for them while others like the challenge of creating one of their own. Whether you decide to get one of the diamond painting storage options we offer or make your own, always make sure to stay organized while creating your masterpiece. If you have any questions and for more information reach out to us through our Facebook Group. And remember to make every day Craftibly Yours!!!

Drill Storage containers for diamond painting on a table
September 30, 2019 — Amy Rasor
Diamond Painting with the Whole Family | Craftibly

Diamond Painting with the Whole Family

Is diamond painting fun for the whole family and a great activity to do together? Yes! Yes! Yes! But, here are a few things that are helpful to know…

Diamond Painting With Kids

family diamond painting together

My daughters are 8 and 10 years old and they LOVE diamond painting with the whole family. When I get mine out to work on, they race to their rooms to get theirs and we are all set for a few hours of quality family time!

The most important thing to keep in mind when diamond painting with kids is to only do one color at a time. In fact, I have to do it that way myself! It is easy to get confused about what color you have out and what symbol it matches up to on the canvas. It is best for kids (and some adults like me!) to just work on one color at a time.

Have them look on the canvas to decide on a color code they want to fill in. Then find the bag of drills (beads) that match that color code and pour some into the tray. Not too many! It is best to start with about a half teaspoon. Give the tray a gentle shake to get the diamond drills to lie flat. Then put a little wax on the end of the pen and show them how to pick up a diamond.

Make a game out of it to find all of the symbols matching that diamond color. Similar to Where’s Waldo or Hidden Object searches, let them find all of that particular symbol to fill them in. Then put any unused diamonds back in the color bag it came from and move on to the next color.

Kids will catch on in no time and are sure to enjoy watching the image come to life as they start filling in the diamonds. Mine sure do!

Diamond Painting with Siblings

My family has done puzzles together for as long as I can remember. It’s a great way to sit and talk, while also enjoying creating something together. I couldn’t wait to show my sister my diamond painting. I got it out to show my sister and she wanted to give it a try. My diamond painting is fairly large, so there is plenty of room for different people to work on different sections. We sat together working on different parts of the image and she commented: “If we had some drinks, we could be here for hours!” We enjoyed spending the time together relaxing and enjoying the process.

Diamond Painting with Older Family Members

Mother and daughter diamond painting

I used to spend hours working puzzles with my grandma. It was a great way to spend time with her without it being awkward trying to think of what to talk about or to field embarrassing and probing questions about school or boys. She is gone now, but I would have loved diamond painting with her.

Accommodating the person working in the diamond painting is important for all ages. I showed my mother-in-law how to do it yesterday and noticed she would definitely benefit from a light pad underneath the diamond painting to help the symbols to be more legible.

She would also do a lot better with a magnifying glass on a stand placed over the area where she is working. She was definitely struggling to see and place the diamonds and both of those items would definitely increase her confidence and speed. All these accessories come in handy when diamond painting with the whole family. A padded chair with support for your back is also important if you’re planning to be there for a while!

Round or Square Diamond Drills for Family Projects?

Using round or square diamond drills is definitely a personal preference. There are a lot of people that feel the look of the diamond painting is more polished when using the square drills. I don’t disagree. However, when working with beginners or people who may already be faced with some difficulty with vision or a steady hand, round drills are an easier place to start.

The round drills are far more forgiving when it comes to placement because it isn’t as hard to line them up perfectly with the edge of the drill beside it or to make sure it is aligned squarely in the corresponding spot so it won’t interfere with adjacent drills placed later. When diamond painting with the whole family take into consideration the skill level of your loved ones.

Are you ready to do a diamond painting with the whole family?

Why not grab an image that everyone will enjoy and give it a try! Choose a size that is large enough for everyone to work on their own spot. I wouldn’t try more than 4 people at a time – 1 for each side. Make sure there is plenty of light since multiple people leaning over a single piece will cast shadows.

If you are planning on diamond painting with the whole family, you can also grab several smaller ones and each person work on their own and each person can show the group their progress.

You could even make it a game of musical chairs and have several set out and rotate to different seats – maybe for the duration if each different song on your family playlist.

The possibilities are endless and you can use your imagination to find new and exciting ideas to make it fun for your family. Share with us on our Facebook Group all the family fun you create! Who knows, you may have even stumbled on to a new family tradition or holiday activity!

Happy Crafting!

September 28, 2019 — Amy Rasor
Round vs Square Drills. Which is Better For Me? - Craftibly

Round vs Square Drills. Which is Better For Me?

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Round Vs Square Drills

Considering purchasing your first Diamond Painting but not sure which drill shape is right for you? Wanting to know the advantages of round vs square drills? The great news is you will not make a bad choice. Round and Square drills both create beautiful works of art, though each has different benefits. When choosing the shape that is right for you take into consideration your skill level, desired shine effect, and time you have to complete your project.

Hold up, before we begin comparing round vs square drills – Are you asking yourself “What the heck is a diamond drill?”. Those are the tiny beads used for diamond painting. Drills and other common terms are covered in our – Diamond Painting Glossary.

Both round and square drills are covered with geometrical facets that create sparkle when reflecting light. Many beginners start off with round drills because they are quicker to place and a little more forgiving on placement. Still, the preferred drills by diamond painters everywhere are the squares. I know you might be a little overwhelmed yet excited to get started on a new craft, so this quick read will help you decide what shape drill is best for you.

Round Drills Sparkle

One of the reasons Round Drills are recommended and preferred by beginners is because they are easier to pick up with the diamond pen and faster to place when finishing a canvas. They are slightly larger than their square cousins and you can cover more area in less time. Round drills also create more sparkle due to containing more facets on the surface (more surface area). The sparkle resembles that of glitter (same for round and square).

Since round drills have no corners, visible gaps exist between them, but this also means they are more forgiving when placing in the designated area. The gaps present are not visible when viewing at a distance, however, many feel that it is more important to seal these Diamond Paintings to prevent dust and other debris from sticking the exposed adhesive after finishing the canvas. You can browse our round diamond drills here. Spoiler alert – as of 1/1/2021 we don’t sell drills yet.

Square Drills Shine

Square drills are the preferred drill shape by more experienced diamond painters. Squares fit together neatly with no gaps and create a fuller and more complete looking image while maintaining a glossy shine. Being smaller than their round cousins, you can fit more of them into a smaller area increasing the ‘resolution’ of the image. This can make them a tiny bit harder for those who find diamond painting drills small to work with. Maybe someone older or who might have shaky hands.

One of the features most talked about when it comes to square drills is the famous “snap” sound they make when filling in gaps. Many find this satisfying and compare it to the sound of popping bubble wrap.

The mosaic look square drills make creates a beautiful image from a distance. The sharp line and lack of gaps make square diamond paintings both artistically amazing to view and easy to maintain. Many beginners do not choose squares due to requiring some skill while others like to take on a challenge. That said, don’t be nervous to try them. At the end of the day, this is a relaxing hobby. Squares are totally doable by anyone. You can browse our square diamond drills here. Spoiler alert – as of 1/1/2021 we don’t sell drills yet.

Round Vs Square Drills? Which Should I Choose?

The good news is there is not a bad choice in the battle of round vs square drills. It’s personal preference. If you are looking to try out Diamond Painting for the first time and want an easy project that is relaxing, uncomplicated, and don’t mind the gaps choose the Super Sparkly Round Drills. If you are more experienced, have done multiple types of crafts, or want to start with a little more of a challenge, choose the Glossy Mosaic Square Drills. But really, when we say challenge it’s mainly a challenge because you’ll want to make sure to keep a straight line. This is pretty low on the bar of challenges.

Both types of drills beautifully reflect light and create Diamond Painting Art that you will want to show off to all your family and friends. Many diamond painters like to do both and really anyone can do either. That said, you will find people who swear one or the other is better. These people are crazy but we love them anyway.

Oh, also, square is best. – Michael
(see what I did there)

Closeup of round and square diamond drills
September 19, 2019 — Amy Rasor
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A Diamond Painting Glossary of 39 Essential Terms - Craftibly

A Diamond Painting Glossary of 39 Essential Terms

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Diamond Painting, like many other craft style hobbies, has developed its own abbreviations and commonly used terms. When beginning your Diamond Painting journey, these terms can be rather confusing. When I began what I now call my “craft addiction”, I had no idea what a DMC Code was, the difference between partial and full kits, and so much more. This is a handy list of commonly used terms that you will find essential both in Diamond Painting as well as when talking with other Diamond Painters around the world. If you come across a term not listed in this glossary please reach out to the Craftibly Group on Facebook for Help!

Diamond Painting Glossary

Industry Terms and Tools

3D/5D: Most Diamond Painting companies will specify whether they are selling the common 3D Diamond Painting or 5D Diamond painting. What is the difference you may ask yourself? Well, it comes down to the number of facets (or cuts) on each drill. The more facets are directly related to the amount of sparkle each drill creates. A 5D Diamond Painting will create more shine and sparkle than a 3D Diamond Painting because the drills have more facets. Check out our selection of diamond drills here.

ABs: Aurora Borealis Drills have a special effect coated on them. They are great for creating extra shimmering effects on a Diamond Painting!

Centimeters: A common term I know, but most Diamond Paintings are measured using centimeters. The metric system is the unit of measure used in most countries. However, in America we use the imperial system, aka. inches. Craftibly measures to the closest inch, but will sometimes also list the centimeter measurements of a Diamond Paintings we offer.

Converting centimeters to inches can be a bit difficult, but there is a simple way to get an approximate conversion. Take the centimeter number, multiply that by 4, and then divide your answer by 10. For example, a 40-centimeter painting: 40 x 4 = 160, then 160/10 – 16. So a 40 centimeter Diamond Painting is approximately 16 inches.

Custom: Some sellers will offer to create custom Diamond Painting Kits. This process begins with the customer providing the image or photo. Then the seller breaks down the image into a pattern grid, prints on the canvas, adds adhesive, and then creates the kit to go with it.

Diamond Cross Stitch: Just another less popular term for Diamond Painting. The name came to be due to the similarity between Diamond Painting and Cross Stitch.

DMC Code: DMC is a brand that produces and selles embroidery floss in a wide selection of colors. The different colors are identified by a specific number. Diamond Painting drills are identified by the same numbers to depict the colors. When you see DMC or DMC Code, it is referring to the number style color code that corresponds to a particular drill color. The most popular DMC Code used in Diamond Painting is 310 which is the number associated for black. You can get charts and books of codes like this one reviewed by many Diamond Painting YouTubers.

Crystal/Rhinestone: This is used to describe a drill that appears more like a jewel or have a metallic appearance. This differs from the traditional resin drills that are cut and coated to create a shine. A majority of kits that utilize these drills are partials, although some full kits will feature these crystal style drills.

Diamond painting with varied sizes of diamond drills

Diamond Scoop: A diamond scoop is a spoon used to dip into your preferred diamond drill storage and scoop out diamonds to sprinkle into your tray.

Drill/Drills: The common term used for the resin style “diamonds” used when Diamond Painting.

Drill Pen: the tool used to pick up and place drills onto a Diamond Painting canvas that resembles a pen or pencil in shape and size. These pens can most commonly use two tips, one on each side. The most common of tips is a single drill tip that can only pick up one drill at a time. Decorative pens are an extension of your personality and a fun item to collect!

Drill Storage: Drill storage and labeling keeps your diamond drills organized so you can easily locate the color you need that corresponds with the symbol on the canvas. There are several options and preferences for diamond drill storage and organization.

Full Drill/Full: A Full Drill/Full Diamond Painting is a canvas that is covered entirely with drills. From corner to corner, you will not find an empty space where you are not asked to place a drill. Fulls are the preference of most diamond painters, while partials are great for beginners and diamond painting projects for kids.

Inventory: I am pretty sure we all understand what an inventory is, but it means different things in different industries. Our how-to guide discusses doing an inventory. When you receive a kit in the mail it is always recommended that you do an inventory of parts. To do this you should check to make sure you have an inventory list, all the tools needed, and the number of drill bags displayed on the inventory sheet.

Kit: Diamond painting kits include the canvas, diamond drills, wax, tray and pen so you can get started right away!

Light Pad: A light pad is a game-changer for diamond painters! A very thin and light-weight pad is placed under the diamond painting to show through the canvas and illuminate the area you are working on from underneath the image. This isn’t your mother’s Lite-Brite!

Magnifiers: Don’t let the small diamond drills keep you from enjoying diamond painting! Using a magnifier will help you to see the codes on the canvas and prevent eye strain. You can even get magnifiers with a light – even better for seeing the area you’re working on.

Multi-placer: This is usually on the other end of a diamond painting pen. You fill it with wax and can pick up a straight line of several diamonds at a time. This speeds up the process of completing large blocks of color. The smallest multi-placer picks up 3 diamond drills and they go up from there.

Partial Drill/Partial: This refers to a Diamond Painting where you place drills to illustrate the main part of an image while the rest of the canvas does not contain the pattern grid or adhesive. Partials are good for beginners, kids, or those looking for a quick project to work on.

This partial diamond painting allows the diamond drills to enhance intricate details

Roller: A rubber roller is used when the diamond painting is finished and is used to roll over the piece in each direction to make sure all of the diamond drills are secure.

Round/Round Drill: This describes one of the two most common drill shapes used in Diamond Painting. These are circular shaped drills that are flat on the bottom and cut on the top int shining facets. Round drills are said to be easier to place and sparkle more than square drills.

Special/Special Shape: Some Diamond Painting kits are classified as Special Shape Paintings. These are canvases that use a drill that is unique in shape or material. A majority of these are Partials. Crystal or Rhinestone drills are the most popular form of Special Shape Paintings.

Square/ Square Drill: One of the two most common shapes used for drills in a Diamond Painting. This describes the square shape. They are flat at the bottom and can contain a multitude of facets. Square drills are more challenging to place because if they are placed sideways they can keep you from placing other drills around it. Squares also create a more detailed image due to there not being any space between each drill.

Tray: A tool that comes in your kit, or can be purchased separately, that holds the diamonds while you Diamond Paint. Gently shaking the tray from side to side will separate, straighten, and flip the drills to make them easier to pick up.

Large blue tray with pen holder
Blue tray with pen holder

Tweezers: Tweezers are a common household tool, but essential for any diamond painter’s toolkit. We all make mistakes and tweezers allow you to carefully remove a diamond drill that has been placed in the wrong spot or placed incorrectly – not straight or upside down. These tweezers won’t be used for removing splinters!

Washi Tape: This was a new one for me and then I learned there is an endless supply of washi tape designs, colors and storage options. Washi tape is used around the edges of your diamond painting to keep a clean edge and is also great for matting, mounting and framing your finished works.

Wax: A colored sticky wax-like material that a diamond painter inserts their pen into in order to allow the pen to pick up and deposit drills.

Community Terms and Saying

Checkerboard: This term is used by many to describe a pattern of placing drills on a large area of the same color. Experienced Diamond Painters enjoy making a checkerboard pattern with the drills where they skip every other space. Once the area has been covered with this pattern, they fill in the empty spaces. This seems to create straighter columns and rows.

Confetti: Used to illustrate the area of a Diamond Painting with multiple different colors where it seems random and looks like confetti close up, yet when viewed at a distance creates a detailed image with shading and depth.

Example of confetti in diamond painting
A sprinkling of color is often referred to as confetti

Click: Also called “snap” is the sound and feel that comes from placing a square drill snugly into a spot that is surrounded by other drills. Diamond Painters have said that this sound and feeling is very satisfying.

Diamond Pox: This is a humorous term created by Diamond Painters to describe when you find random different color drills on your body or skin. Sometimes used when the painter accidentally spills drills in their lap.

DP: The acronym used to shorten Diamond Painting. This can be used in both the noun or verb tense.

Junk/Trash: Producing drill and checking for misshapen ones is a tedious process. Most kits will come with more drills than you will need. Junk/Trash are terms used in the Diamond Painting community that refers to misshapen drills not usable when completing a canvas.

Hitchhiker/Stowaway: Each drill bag is full of multiple drills all of the same color. A Hitchhiker is when there is a different color inside a drill bag. Diamond Painters use this for example when they find a yellow drill in a bag full of black drills.

Kit Up: This is used to depict the process of starting a new Diamond Painting. This process includes unrolling the canvas, cutting cover into sections, as well as putting drills into new containers and labeling them.

Popping: Popping is a term used when drills that are not firmly placed on the canvas adhesive pop off. This is something that happens to all diamond painters, though it is more common in cheaply made Diamond Paintings. This most often happens due to over-sized or misshapen drills. It can also happen due to weak adhesive, adhesive bubbles, creases in the canvas, or a combination of any of the above.

Sealing: A number of experienced diamond painters prefer to seal their finished canvases with either glue or a spray-on sealer. There are a multitude of sealers that can be used, however sealing a painting is not necessary, especially if they are being framed behind glass. Sealing is recommended if you experience any popping of drills.

Stash: This refers to the collection of Diamond Painting Kits you have not started on or completed. Many painters order more than one canvas at a time and store them for later. I personally have a stash of five at all times.

“Trust The Process”: Working up close to a project that is meant to be clear when looking at from a distance can lead to feeling uncertain of how it is going to turn out. This term is commonly used in the Diamond Painting Community to let people know to trust that the final image is going to look amazing, even if working up close may look a little off.

WIP: A common term used and is an acronym for Work In Progress. This is used to describe a Diamond Painting that is in the process of being completed.

Closeup of color shifting on a diamond painting
It might look like strange close up, but color shifts create depth in the finished work!

Have suggestions for words or phrases to add to our Diamond Painting Glossary of Terms? Contact us or chat about it in the Craftibly Community!

September 18, 2019 — Amy Rasor
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How To Diamond Paint for Beginners - Craftibly

How To Diamond Paint for Beginners

Did you just get your first Diamond Painting Kit? Are you interested in purchasing one but want to know what you are getting yourself into? How to Diamond Paint for Beginners will take you step by step from opening your kit to framing your new piece of art. You will learn about unrolling your canvas to flatten it, how to use the tools that come in the kit, as well as how to place each drill on the canvas. I will also include a few tips and tricks along the way that will help you master the new crafting craze I have fallen in love with.

A Quick Primer Video

What to Expect When Opening Your New Diamond Painting

Unboxing a brand new Diamond Painting is usually the most exciting part of my day, and I hope it will be the highlight of yours. Upon opening the outer package you will find a rolled canvas, a package containing all the drills (the diamond beads), a set of premium tools, and an inventory sheet that lists how many packs of drills you should have received listed by color. It may seem overwhelming the first time, but checking you received everything is rather easy.

The first thing I do once I open my Craftibly Diamond Painting Kit is an inventory on the drills. First, you will need to locate your inventory sheet. On this sheet, you will notice a list of symbols, followed by a color code (DMC colors for those of you who stitch), and finally the number of drill bags you should receive for each. Simply pull the drill bags out, separate them by the DMC code printed on the bags, and start counting.

I usually start at the top of my inventory list, locate the bags for the first DMC Code, count how many bags I have, check to make sure it is the same number on the list, and then cross out the number of bags so that I know they have been counted. I then repeat these steps for each code that follows. If for any reason you are short on the number of bags you received, contact us for replacement drills at no additional cost. I suggest checking your inventory levels as soon as you receive your package, even if you will be waiting to work on the actual Diamond Painting.

After checking to make sure you have all the drills needed to complete your diamond painting, you can check the list of tools. This part of the kit should include a white drill tray, a clear sparkle diamond pen with comfort grip, pink pen wax, black tweezers, and clear storage baggies. Each of these plays an important part while Diamond Painting. I will explain how to use each tool you received in the next section but for now, just make sure they’re there.

The final item you need to check when unboxing your Craftibly Diamond Painting is your canvas. Make sure the canvas showed up in good condition. To check for any issues, unroll your canvas and peel back the clear plastic. Look over everything and then recover the canvas. This keeps the adhesive from drying out.

You can wait for this last step until you decide it’s time to start working on this soon-to-sparkle piece of art. I start at one corner of the canvas and peel slowly. After peeling a section I use my hand to smooth the clear cover back down and watch the canvas flatten from its rolled state. Most people peel about halfway up the canvas, flatten, and then turn to repeat on the other side. I feel like this allows you to flatten the canvas while keeping the clear cover straight and reducing the risk of getting anything on the adhesive.

Once you have all your inventory checked and canvas flattened, you are ready to Diamond Paint.

How to Place Your Diamonds

Are you ready to Diamond Paint your new Craftibly Kit? Well, let’s get started! The first items you will need to locate are the diamond pen, pink pen wax, and drill tray. To prepare the diamond pen you will need to insert the metal tip into the pink wax. This will deposit a small amount of wax into the tip of your pen. The best way to get wax is to peel back a corner of the plastic cover on one side of the wax and stab it with the pen.

After I stab it I recover the wax (keeps it clean). This wax is just sticky enough to pick up the drills and place them on the canvas, which has adhesive stronger than the wax. Make sure the wax does not overflow out of the metal tip. This means you got too carried away with stabbing the wax and small pieces of wax can get left on the drills when placing them on the canvas.

Diamond Paint For Beginners Pink Pen and Tray

The second thing you need to do is take the time to understand your canvas. On one side of your canvas you will notice a symbol and DCM Code chart similar to that on your inventory sheet. The image on the canvas will be broken down into a pattern grid containing the symbols you find on the chart. This pattern grid creates a pixelized version of your selected artwork. Pick a small area of the canvas you wish to start on and then it is time to start placing your drills!

I find it easier to complete an entire canvas by sectioning it off into smaller pieces. To do this I usually start by taking a pair of scissors and cutting down the center of the plastic covering. On smaller Diamond Painting canvases I sometimes skip this step. Next, I peel back a small section of plastic, about three to four inches, and place my drill tray on top of it to hold it down. If you prefer to move your tray along with you, use another handy object to hold back the plastic cover.

Look at this section of the canvas to decide which color drill you would like to start with. Once you choose the starting symbol, use the chart on the side of your canvas to identify the DMC Code. Now, locate the drill bag labeled with that number, cut or tear the edge of the package, empty some drills into the tray, and let’s get those suckers onto the canvas.

At this point, you will want to gently shake your drill tray in order to flip, separate, and straighten your drills. This will make it easier to pick them up using the diamond pen. Gently place the tip of the pen on the top of a drill. The drill should stick to the tip almost as if it is floating. Firmly press the drill to the corresponding symbol on the pattern grid.

Repeat these steps until you have placed a drill on all the corresponding symbols in that section. Add drills to the tray as needed. At the end of this process, you will have an open bag of drills as well as a few spare drills in the tray. You will want to use one of the clear baggies or a storage container to hold these until you need them again.

I began investing in storage containers after doing a few Diamond Paintings, but the clear baggies are great to use as a beginner. Labeling the baggies helps me to stay organized. I use a permanent marker to write the DMC Code on the outside of the baggie, but if you can still clearly see the code on the open drill package, that will be visible through the clear baggie. Then, just pick your next color and repeat the same actions.

Repeat this step for all the sections of your canvas until it is complete. It will be looking really good before long. and if you really want to amaze yourself, take it outside in the sunlight once you’re done :-).

Why Work in Sections?

Working on your Diamond Painting in sections has a number of benefits, the most important of which is that it keeps the canvas from collecting dust as you work on it. When you remove a large section of the clear covering, you expose that area or adhesive to all the possible dust or debris in the air. Working in sections eliminates the amount of canvas exposed at a time.

A few other advantages to working on your Diamond Painting in sections include straighter lines and keeping the protective cover on. From my personal experience, when I work in small sections, I am able to keep my drills in nice tight lines. This is due to me paying better attention to each detail as I go followed by a sense of accomplishment at how good it looks when that section is complete. I have also found that if I go through and complete all of one color at a time, when I get a majority of the canvas complete, I am unable to stick the plastic cover back on top because there’s diamonds everywhere.

More than anything, I feel as though Diamond Painting is my new addiction and sections help keep me grounded. I could work on a canvas until the sun rises if I don’t take a break. I find it helps to limit the amount of time I spend a night by sectioning off the amount I feel I have time to complete. Once I get into the zone and my stress melts away, I find myself enjoying the relaxation of Diamond Painting. It’s easy to loose track of time. I still sometimes get carried away and work on a canvas all night now and again.

Diamond Paint for Beginners Seal and Frame

Placing the last few drills on a Diamond Painting brings a huge sense of accomplishment. I also am filled with a sense of pride. The final step is to decide how you want to display this new dazzling piece of art. Diamond Painters around the world use different techniques to seal and frame their Diamond Paintings.

Sealing a diamond painting can be done by a finishing spray or using a clear glue with a paintbrush. Don’t feel like you have to seal your end product but it is recommended. Just be careful since different sealers will react differently to the drills. I find that sprays are lighter and therefore do not take away from the MaxLuster 5D Drills at Craftibly. Glues and other like materials can sometimes diminish the sparkle.

Framing your Diamond Painting is considered a must for myself and most of our customers. Choosing the frame style is up to you, but pay attention to the dimensions of your canvas when choosing the size. The inch or centimeter dimensions that determine the size you order indicates the size of your image. The actual canvas is larger than that and often times they can be some weird sizes. When selecting a frame use the ordered dimensions. If you are unable to order the exact size, go slighter larger rather than slightly smaller. You can use craft tape to frame the white area of the canvas that contains writing or even trim it off some too.

Now that you have framed your Craftibly Diamond Painting, take a picture with it and share it online, to our Facebook group, or tag us in it on Instagram. Then hang it or gift it to someone you love. I hope that Diamond Paint for Beginners walked you through every step to complete your canvas. Dazzle people with a piece of art that sparkles and is sure to be the topic of conversation!

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September 15, 2019 — Amy Rasor