Once You’ve Mastered the Basics: 8 Dies to Take You to the Next Level!

You have been working with, and loving, the Mosaic Moments® dies. You have mastered layering and have created beautiful frames for your photos. You are ready to move beyond the decorative dies and make something uniquely your own.

These advanced techniques take a little more time and some preplanning, but the results are incredible. Just take a look ...

Corner Tiles & North Pole Dies

"Fall with Sadie" by Paije Potter - Pattern #162

Corner Tiles can be placed on the corners of your photos, obviously, to resemble the photo corners used in Victorian scrapbooks.

But, you can also use them to create some amazing designs, including stripes, chevrons and more.

For inspiration, take a look at some simple quilt patterns, like Paije did on this amazing layout.

Corner dies come in several different sizes. This one, which covers half of a 3x3 square, and is used to create interesting triangles with patterned paper in the center square.


"Animals of Busch Gardens" by Paije Potter - Pattern #392


"Snow Day 2004" by Paije Potter

The North Pole Set can also be used to create stripes and chevrons on your layout.

Here, Paije also overlapped some of her photos. It allows more pictures to fit, covers up any parts of another photo you do not want to see without making it smaller, and provides some extra variety on the design.

Corner Cut-Out Dies

"Under the Sea" by Paije Potter

Continuing with our corner theme, we come next to the Corner Cut-Out Dies.

These ones are missing a corner so you can easily wrap your designs around another photo, journaling block or element on your layout.

They also come with layering dies, so you can create some spectacular layouts.

The Four Corner Cut-Out Set can be used along with the Corner Cut-Out Dies pictured above, or on it's own.

The die looks like a plus sign and easily fits in and around your other elements.


"Segway at the Biltmore" by Paije Potter

Steps Die Set

"Kayak Fun" by Paije Potter

The Steps Die also allows you change up the formal square and rectangle designs.

Here, Paije placed photos cut with the Steps Die next to each other and filled in the in-between pieces with colored paper.

For this one, Tami used the Steps Die to create a unique focal point on her layout.

The little pieces in between the steps highlight details from the gardens.


"Asheville Gardens" by Tami Potter

Horizon Die Sets

"Spring Day" by Paije Potter - Pattern #344

While we love our squares and rectangles, sometimes we need things that are round. And that's where the Horizon Dies come in.

The Horizon Dies are actually part of a large collection of dies. You can buy the basic pieces to make the giant circle shown, or add to them with different sized arcs that help you fit just about any sized photo you would like into a circle.

By changing up some of the Horizon Dies, you can create a pinwheel in the center of your giant circle, like Jodi did here.


"Freedom Park" by Jodi Benson - Pattern #103

Soleil Die Set

"Katelyn" by Jodi Benson - Pattern #152

The Soleil Die Set also creates a giant circle on your layout.

However, this one leaves the corners of your page alone so you can place a 2x2 photo or die cut in each corner.

This set comes complete in one package. It does not work with the Horizon dies.

Corner Strips & Connector

"Beautiful Fall" by Paije Potter

The next two die sets work together to create frames around your layout.

First, use the Corner Strips Die to cut each corner.

Then, use the Corner Connector Die to create strips in between to connect them together.

You can mix in patterned paper with these dies to create entirely new looks.

Note: If you wish to cut the entire four corners of the Corner Strips Die, you need to print your photos as 5x7. Or, you can use only three strips, like Paije did in the fall layout, or put in patterned paper like she did here.


"Kayaking on the Creek" by Paije Potter

Strips & Strip Frames

When you are ready to "show off" to your friends and family, try out the strip and strip-frame dies.

These easy-to-use dies will help you make Mosaic Magic.


"Yellowstone" by Paije Potter - Pattern #195

Strip dies cut your photo into a series of strips. Ideal for scenic views, strip dies come in different sizes and can be used to turn multiple 4x6 photos into a panoramic view all the way across your layout.

There are dozens of page patterns that show how you can use the strip dies, as well.

It's really quite magnificent.

Strip Frame Dies provide a quick-and-easy opportunity to cut a photo into a small focal point surrounded by strips, like the Jeep in the layout, here.

You can use them with patterned paper, like Paije did here, or just cut the entire photo.

Strip Frame Dies are ideal for picturing someone near a large monument, mountain or forest. The center gives you a spot for showcasing a person or sign in the distance, while showing the surrounding scenery for scale, as well.


"Watching the Animals" by Paije Potter - Pattern #394


"I Love NY" by Paije Potter - Pattern #315

Combining multiple photos with this technique gives you a beautiful cityscape view, as well.

Grid Dies

"Tent Rocks" by Paije Potter - Pattern #413

These die sets make quick work out of cutting repetitive designs.

The Circle Grid Die cuts six circles with one pass through your die-cutting machine.

The Soft Corner Grid Die also cuts six shapes at one time.

By adding the Soft Corners Die Set you can create new shapes and add to the grid pattern.


"Richmond Raceway" by Paije Potter - Pattern #425


"Hot Air Balloon Festival" by Paije Potter - Pattern #413

You can also use grid dies to cut six squares at a time. The 1.875" Squares Layering Die cuts photos a bit smaller than a 2x2 square, so you can have a thin mat around your photos.

Use it with the 2.125" Squares Grid Die to cut six photo mats at once.

Note: Notice the balloon layout here and the rocks layout above ... they are the same pattern, but by using different dies, they have an entirely different look. This bit of Mosaic Magic keeps you from ever having boring or repetitious designs.

If you bought the colored Basic Bundle set, you already have the Grid Die. It's the green one that comes with your set.

If you bought the silver Basic Nested Dies, you will want to add the Grid Die to your stash.

The Grid Die cuts a 4x6 photo into perfect 1-inch squares. Pay close attention to make sure the entire photo is within the cutting edge on the die. It's helpful to use a piece of washi or painter's tape to hold it in place while you cut.

You can cut multiple photos and line them up on your Grid Paper to look like a panoramic, like Jodi did here. Look closely at the clouds at the top ... four squares over from the right edge you can see where she combined two photos. Amazing!


"Hannah" by Jodi Benson - Pattern #336