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Making the Rounds: Perfecting the Polka Dot

There’s nothing quite as cheery as a polka dot pattern. Whether they’re small, large or a mixture of all different sizes, they add a certain sense of fun that’s hard to deny. Getting the perfectly circular dot can be a challenge, though, right? There are many ways to add dots and spots to you work. Here are several great tools:

Give your scrapbook projects a little extra sass with a polka dot Edge Punch from EK Success. The edge design is 2 inches wide by 1 inch deep for each punch. 

Get your polka party started with this 12-by-12-inch Prima Elementals stencil to create a variety of dot patterns. Use a small stencil brush to get into those tiny holes. 

Perfectly round spouncers come in lots of sizes and are a great tool for painting your dots. Just be sure to get an even amount of paint on the end of, then place it on the surface flat. Give it a very little wiggle to the right and left before lifting it straight up and off the canvas. 

A dauber, like this jumbo one from Tsukineko, is helpful to apply inks and dyes to your projects. You’ll want to experiment to get just the right look. 

Here’s a nifty way to create a polka dot texture without poking holes – a 5-inch-by-7-inch embossing folder by Provo Craft. It’s made to work with the Cuttlebug Die Cutting System, but works with most die-cutting machines.

Don’t forget the multitude of unlikely tools you already have that can make dot-making a cinch. Like this handy Martha Steward stylus for tiny dots. Other great options: a pencil eraser, a toothpick and the end of your paintbrush. You can make larger holes by outlining the top or bottom of a glass or roll of painters tape.

Do you have other polka dot short cuts? Share them with us in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

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