Crimped Diamond

by Lee Conrey

Create a textured background with your crimper.


  • One 4" x 5 1/4" piece of cardstock, (Very Vanilla cardstock used here)

  • Crimper

  • Ruler and pencil

  • Paper cutter with scoring tool


  1. Step 1

    Mark the cardstock with a pencil at 2 5/8” on both long sides.

  2. Step 2

    Mark each of the short sides of the cardstock at 2".

  3. The dotted lines are just an illustration of the pattern you will create.

  4. Step 3

    Place the marked cardstock into the paper cutter at an angle, lining up one of the marks from the long side and one from a short side and score with the scoring blade.

  5. The cardstock will look like this when folded (without the dotted lines).

  6. Step 4

    Insert one folded point into the crimper.

  7. Step 5

    Crimp a little more than halfway, until you have crimped to the end of the folded-in points.

    Remove the cardstock from the crimper. It should be a little more than half crimped. Going a little past halfway will prevent blank spots from the layers being thicker in the center.

  8. Step 6

    Place the other side into the crimper and repeat the last step.

  9. Your crimped cardstock should look like this.

  10. Step 7

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Crimped Diamond. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Lee, thanks so much for the awesome tutorial.
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 5:36 AM
This is so simple to do, but has such a great look! Thanks for another great tutorial!
Deanna  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 5:39 AM
Lynn Mercurio  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:05 AM
This is great - my DD will love as well as her two all time favorite things (well, after the SAMJ) to use are the crimper and the score board so she will be in hog heaven this afternoon!
Dayna  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:07 AM
YAY! Something to do with my crimper!!!!
Leanne  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:11 AM
A great tutorial. Can't wait to use my crimper!!! TFS.
Marilyn  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:31 AM
WOW, a great use for my long-lost crimper! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the great tutorial!
Shari  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:49 AM
I've always wanted to know how to do this! Thanks for the Tutorial!
Anne  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:58 AM
What are the dimensions for the other two diamonds to finish the card. Every time I try to cut them I get them off kilter. Thanks.
janeen  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 7:58 AM
This is SO NICE!!! AND SO SIMPLE!!!! I've just been waiting for some INSPIRATION for my Christmas cards!!!! I think THIS IS IT!!!! THANK YOU!!!! smile
Becky Green  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 8:04 AM
I love these results! Thanks!
Retired PJ  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM
Why can't you just keep crimping from one side to the other side? Why do you have to take it out and turn it? Any reason?
Joy Bland  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 8:12 AM
Simple technique with stunning results. I like it!
Becky  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 8:15 AM
Great tutorial, Lee! I have been having a lot of fun with this "fancy fold" type of card lately, it has so many possibilities but I never thought of using it for a Christmas card! Jan
Jan Hoyt  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 8:39 AM
I just noticed Joy's question about "why can't you run the card all the way thru rather than taking it out and turning it around?". You can, Joy but Lee mentioned that she recommends doing it partway and then turning to ensure you get solid crimper lines all the way thru. When you run it thru all at one pass you are crimping multiple layers and if you aren't squeezing the crimper tight enough some of the crimped lines end up being not as deeply crimped. Thankfully, the whole crimper thing is pretty forgiving...if you mess up, just run the whole thing thru again and it evens itself out.

I have been doing mine as one single continuous crimp and it works fine as long as I keep a very good grip on the crimper handle, sometimes you need 3 hands to get it thru straight but oh well. I also "cheated" and made mine a little easier, instead of measuring and scoring the fold lines (pre-crimping) I just take the corners on the short ends of the cardstock layer and fold them to meet in the middle, then turn the card and do the same on the other "short side" of the card. Then I burnish the creases, do whatever stamping I want in the middle of the diamond (you CAN stamp it after it's been crimped but it's much easier on the flat pre-crimped surface) and run it thru. I first saw this technique on Dawn O's blog (dostamping) the way Lee tweeked it and left it all white for an elegant look, too. She is the queen of clean and simple but stunning!

I shared some of my crimper cards on my blog and have a link to Dawn's tutorial there for anyone who would like to see another version. Jan Hoyt
Jan Hoyt  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 8:50 AM
So simple, but looks awesome! I can't wait to get a few minutes to try it! Thanks for sharing.
Kasey  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 9:44 AM
Oh my goodness what a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing. Gotta try this.
Lisa Lara  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM
I saw a tutorial on a blog on this a while back...thanks for reminding me of it. After I played with the crimper, I tried it out with some Cuttlebug folders. Obviously the ones with line like patterns work the best, the results are great...and no trying to squeeze the crimper hard enough.
Tina  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 9:46 AM
Great tutorial, now off to find that crimper and give this a go. I love learning something I've never done before!
Rose Kerry  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 10:17 AM
I have also done this with cuttlebug folders - really impressive and will now try with my crimpers - can't wait to see what the star crimper turns out like.
Barbara  |  Wed Sep 8, 2010 at 10:36 AM

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