Remember when I wrote about those Super Mario diamond painting stickers? I admitted that I had a lot more sets on my wishlist, and that I may have ordered a set of monster ones.
Those monsters have arrived! And they are adorable.
They came as one sheet, but I cut them apart to make them easier. They also came with a tiny little sticker version.
They came with the usual tray, stylus, and wax. And with a lot of very pretty colour diamonds.
These, like the Super Mario ones, don’t have a DMC number on them. Bigger kits use DMC numbers on their diamonds. DMC is a brand of embroidery thread – and by using the DMC numbers you can use the same diamonds with other kits, and know that it’s always going to be the same colour.
These diamonds are pretty, but I won’t be able to use them with another kit. I won’t even be able to mix them with the diamonds from the Super Mario set, because the shades are a little off.
I do still save all the diamonds left over from these kits. I talk more about storing DMC numbered ones in a longer diamond painting blog post that I haven’t written yet. Ones that aren’t numbered are stored a little differently, but while the kit is still active I store them in these little tubs. These are also mentioned in the longer blog post.
One of the fun points of these stickers is that you can complete a project without it taking a gazillion years, and without using up the whole kit. So, if I don’t finish all the Super Mario stickers, do I keep the diamonds in the little tubs? Am I going to finish the stickers any time soon? Does that mean I put the monster diamonds in new tubs?
I probably won’t finish all those either. So am I going to end up with more and more little tubs as I buy and don’t finish more sticker kits?
This has been bugging me for a few weeks. I couldn’t come up with an acceptable answer.
It still bugs me a little, but there is one fairly obvious solution. The stickers all have really simple designs. It’s not exactly impossible to do it without the colour key. If a monster has three shades of green, then I just grab three shades of green from my box of diamonds.
I should just put all of these diamonds with the rest of the non-numbered diamonds. Matching colours if possible – for example all the blacks are black. And then if I want to make a sticker in the future I can just ignore the colour key and wing it.
Will I actually do that? Maybe.
In the meantime, monster diamond painting stickers.
The diamonds on these aren’t spaced in a nice grid pattern. I’m not sure how I feel about that. There are a few larger kits you can get that don’t have a grid pattern. Ones that just have the main object as diamonds, and not the whole background. Like this cat and unicorn that I’ve done before.
I’ve always avoided non-grid ones because they just look messy to me. But with stickers this small, I don’t think it matters.
They still look super cute.
I tested the not-following-the-colour-key option with this little green one. Obviously, you need to make sure that whatever diamond you’re using still fits with the background colour.
So yeah, using any colour works. But I still have not commited to the mixing different sets of diamonds together. We’ll see if that ever happens.
And yes, I do already have another set of stickers on the way.