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Wednesday’s Tutorial: Masking & Polka Dots

maskingresult.JPGToday marks the third day of our week of tutorials to celebrate ScrapScene’s 2nd birthday! Monday’s tutorial on woodgraining can be found here. Tuesday’s tutorial on making stencils can be found here. Today’s tutorial will show you a little about masking as well as a quick tip on making tiny polka dots.


Masking is pretty much the opposite of stenciling. Instead of inking in the circles we did yesterday, we would instead have kept the punched out circles that were discarded and used them to block off an area for inking. Here is an example using letter stickers.


Letter Stickers (or any shape you have even if it’s a punched shape from a piece of paper)
Ink pad / paint


1. Apply the letter sticker to your layout. Dab around it with ink or paint the entire surface if you like!
2. Remove the sticker and voila, that is it.

removesticker.JPG finished.JPG

Polka Dots


Small paintbrush


1. Dip the back end of your paintbrush into the paint. (Not the brush end, the opposite end.)
2. Gently mark your layout with the paintbrush end making tiny polka dots. The end of your paintbrush apply.JPGshould have enough paint on it to make a few dots, which will gradually get smaller. If you prefer them all roughly the same size, then reapply paint between making each dot.

I hope you will try these easy steps to personalize your layouts! Stop by tomorrow for Thursday’s tutorial. Eventually we reveal the entire project…

* Note, the bird silhouette shown above was freehand drawn from a design noticed on a patterned Basic Grey paper. Perhaps you recognize it?! *

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  1. Anna
    April 23rd, 2008Posted | Permalink

    I’d just like to know, what kind of paint are you using for the polka dots?


  2. April 23rd, 2008Posted | Permalink

    Anna, this is just regular ole’ acrylic paint – like you find at Michaels. It’s the same one I used for the green woodgraining. Hope that helps!

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    A short tutorial on how to use masking and stenciling techniques in your custom scrapbooking layouts. Can also be used in any other paper crafting where you desire custom printing or designs….

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