Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I {heart} Polka Dots...

OK! I have said it before, I will say it again! I love polka dots! I know there are stamps you can buy out there but I have found a fun and easy way to make my own. If nothing else, it is saving me money! Yeah....I will keep telling myself that! :)

So here is a card I made recently with TAC's May special Pea Pickin! I love it and I know for sure I have said that before! You can see my "homemade" polka dot background here:


Now I can already hear it. This is either going to be just so simple you will laugh OR you are going to say it is too much work but let me tell how much fun it is! This is a long post so get comfy!

This template is made by using your period key and spacing them out on a blank document. Here is how I did it.....I hope this makes sense!



First you start with a blank Word Document. Evenly spacing with the period key, type out period after period. When you get to the next line do the same thing but space them accordingly. Then take the first 2 lines and copy and paste until you have a full sheet of polka dots! OR you could go the easy route and email me and I can send you one already done! :)

The biggest thing is to watch the color of your dots. If you are going to make black polka dots, you can print your document with black ink. If you are going to use a lighter color, you need to make the dots as light gray as possible so you can still see them but they won't show through your ink!

Next, print your document on a high quality white cardstock. I use The Angel Company's Ultrasmooth White. It prints out perfect! I also printed with black ink on TAC's Brown Cardstock. That worked great too!

Last, you need to pick out your polka dot tool! For this first card I simply used a #2 pencil eraser that had never been used!


Here is the example with the Brown Cardstock. I used Brilliance Moonlight White! This is a fantastic white by the way!

Here is this card with the white polka dots! I will say one thing. What you use will give you so many different looks. This one is a more distressed polka dot. Keep reading and I will tell you how to make the smaller polka dots.!



For the white polka dots and the red polka dots below, here is how I made them. I took an uncut gift with purchase stamp and cut the larger size whole out of the extra rubber with my Crop-O-dile. I also cut a small piece from the cling, basically making my own small stamp! Now you could also use a tiny eraser on a pencil or any other circle stamp you already have but I didn't have anything smaller than a #2 pencil so I had to get creative!

Again, you just follow the printed out dots and stamp over the top. One fun thing about this template is that if you wanted different colored polka dots you can use multiple ink colors. Or if you wanted "missing" spots, you wouldn't have to ink everyone. You can go over the printed dot with an eraser and it should come off so you can't see it. You can also play with the spacing of the "periods". Space the farther apart and use a larger eraser for bigger dots. Space them closer together for a smaller print! The possibilites are endless!

Just a quick recap of what I used and the sizes of dots.

And another finished card....


I know that was alot to take in! BUT if you have any questions, email me! I can send you the polka dot template so you don't have to make your own! This really is super easy! Once you have the print out, ink and tool you can whip out polka dots pretty fast! If you give it a try, email me with a link so I can see!
Also, stay tuned for a post coming soon with the completed project using the red polka dot paper! I have something else fun to show you! :)
Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

  1. Really Laurie, this is pure genius!! I love polka dots too and have heard to use a pencil top but mine would be all over the place! :) And the crop a dile? Wow! That's got to be the most unique use for it yet. Love your samples!!

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  2. How clever to use the cropadile to cut out a small section to make your own rubber stamp dolka dot! Nifty printing them off the computer too, so it's perfectly spaced!

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  3. You are one smart cookie :) This technique is too cool! TFS!

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  4. Clever clever girl! Great tutorial, and I would have never guessed printing a sheet of periods... genius, me thinks :)
    LOVE the cards (that penguin is so cute) and if you feel like it, you can email me a cheat-sheet :)

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  5. Genius! Great idea to use your CAD to make polka dots!! Cute stuff, thanks for the inspiration...again!! :)

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  6. nice, i like to save money too, and this is a great ides thanks for sharing!

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  7. Love how you created the polka dots.....ingenious. Who would have thought to use a pencil eraser!!! If you get a chance, I'd like to have your cheat sheet.

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  8. absolutely fabulous cards! Love the idea of punching out a polka dot too. You and Jennifer are doing great things with erasers and straws and now DIY stamps. sweet! Can't wait to try it!

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  9. Awesome idea and tutorial!
    I LOVE YOUR STYLE CHICK!!

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  10. I love polka dots, too! Very cool technique! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  11. OMG...!! What a FANTASTIC IDEA for creating a template in MSWord to space the dots!! I have a Hero Arts set of four size dots that I got a long time ago - but don't use because I could not get my dots in a straight row!!!

    You are a GENIUS!!!!!!!!

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  12. Well...how smart are you!!! Wonderful idea! Your tutorial is awesome, love your blog, and can't wait to try this technique! Thanks for sharing...

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