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Spread Your Wings With Diamond Art

Oct 22nd 2021

"Creativity is intelligence having fun."— Albert Einstein

Get creative with acetate and diamond dotting. Whether it's a butterfly, cactus, corgi, or a popsicle, a shadowbox is the great way to add a sparkle of personality to any home or office! Today's tutorial takes you step-by-step through creating a butterfly shadowbox worth treasuring for years to come.

Diamond Dotting Butterfly on Acetate Shadowbox—Handmade By Leisure Arts

Now This Is A Fly Project

Add designer touches and show off your joyful personality with Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ and Diamond Dotz® Freestyle. Diamond dotting is not only fun and calming, it results in beautiful sparkly art. Just look at what you can do with acetate, a Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ project, and Diamond Dotz® gems.

The Options Are Endless

Butterflies aren't your thing? The options are endless. Check out the other patterns in our Patches book, any of our other freestyle books, or create your own!

Leisure Arts Diamond Art Powered by Diamond Dotz Diamond Dotting Patches Book #7682

Supplies And Tools:

Diamond Dotz® Gems - Colors: 8001 , 8138, 8167, 8243

Diamond Dotz® Accessory Pack - 2-Styluses, 2 Pick-Up Wax, 2 Trays

Dotz® Stick Adhesive - Liquid Diamond Dotting Adhesive

3-Piece Dotz® Deluxe Brush Set

5 1/2" H x 6" W Piece of Acetate (with wood shadowbox for this project)

Many of these supplies can be found on in the freestyle section.

Get Started On Your Work Of Art

Download and print the butterfly design at 77% of original size from this pattern. Place the acetate over the butterfly design. Outline and fill within the design area on the acetate with the liquid adhesive.

Carefully outline and fill in with the adhesive on the areas you want to apply gems to; you should see a milky white layer of adhesive on the surface. You can apply the adhesive to one section at a time or to the entire design.

Allow the adhesive to dry until it is clear. When adhesive clears completely it is ready for long term adhesion. On non-porous surfaces such as acetate, this may take up to 3 hours. Cover the design and adhesive with a piece of protective film if you will not be applying gems right away.

Remove the clear covering on the adhesive. Apply the gems to the adhesive as desired. When you are not working on your project, place a sheet of protective film over the adhesive to protect it from dust.

When you have completed your project, place the protective film over the gems and firmly roll over the whole design with a brayer or rolling pin. This ensures that the gems are firmly adhered.

Craft Hacks & Tips

The liquid adhesive allows you to add gems art to any surface.

A bottle of liquid adhesive is enough to complete 4 full-coverage 9” x 12” artist canvases.

Skill Level


Estimated Crafting Time

3-5 hours plus drying time

Easy Like

Diamond Dotting offers both relaxation and stress relief. Diamond Art by Leisure Arts™ is powered by Diamond Dotz® and is crafted of premium materials to allow you to create a sparkling masterpiece.

Once you start creating, please share your progress to our Diamond Art Facebook Page! Or share your photos by tagging @leisureartsinc or using #leisurearts on your social channels. We love to see what's going on in your studio.

Want more DIY Diamond Art projects? Check out our other projects at DIYDiamondArtTutorials and take a look at this video for more inspiration!

Butterflyingly yours,

-Leisure Arts Team