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It's my turn to share a sneak peek with all of you - and it's all about polka dots!

When I first saw the new Polka Dot Basics set, I knew that it would become a quick favorite. I love using polka dots when I am stamping and having a whole set at my fingertips is fabulous. And, I have the choice of using polka dots all lined up already for me or I can use the single dots to create an all over, random pattern.

The technique that came to mind with this set was emboss resist. I got out my acrylic paint and clear embossing powder – Julie Ebersole was the first to introduce me to using the acrylic paint with emboss resist and I love the effect (edited to add - this technique was one that Julie did on a dirty dozen project over at SCS in September 2004.) This is the technique that I also used on my Papertrey Ink Just Hatched box that Nichole featured on her blog yesterday.

On to the project…

When it comes to lining things up, I don’t want it to take a lot of effort – with the clear acrylic stamps, it is a snap. I can see what I am doing  ~ clearly.


After stamping the circle outlines, I stamped the flower from the Limitless Labels set in each circle.


I used the coordinating solid polka dots and stamped over the top of my images with Versamark ink. Again, this was so easy to line up without any extra tools.


I used clear embossing powder and a heat tool to emboss my circle images.


After the embossing powder cooled, I brushed acrylic paint over the top of my images.


The embossing power acts like a resist and I can easily wipe the paint from the embossed images with paper towel that is just a little bit damp.


Here is my finished card:


The mini polka dots at the bottom of the card are also a part of the Polka Dot Basics set.

If you haven't already, be sure to stop by Nichole's blog for more countdown fun! Thanks for stopping by!

Acrylic Resist Card Supply List-

Ink: Aqua Mist & Spring Moss Palette Ink, Versamark Ink by Tsukineko, Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger, White Craft Ink from SU!

Paper: Whisper White & Kraft from SU!

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics & Limitless Labels from Papertrey Ink

Other: Aqua Mist twill ribbon by Papertrey Ink, Clay Bisque acrylic paint from Plaid, sponge craft brush, Large Oval punch by Stampin' Up!, paper piercer, brushed silver brads by Creative Imaginations, dimensionals, heat tool, clear embossing powder, paper towel