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Need help creating a mask using ActionScript 3.0

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I am new to Flash and am trying to do something that I think should be simple.  I am loading pictures from an XML file using AS3.  What I want to do is to put an irregular border around the picture and show only the part of the picture that is within the border.  

When I was testing this I started by putting a picture on the stage on a layer and then putting the border on another layer and setting the layer as a mask.  The picture displayed the way I wanted.

Now I'm loading the picture dynamically onto the stage and want to apply the mask but I can't figure out how to do it.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

In the code below, picMask is a movieclip on the stage that has the border in it.
import fl.transitions.Tween;
import fl.transitions.easing.*;
var imageX:XML;
var imageList:XMLList;
var preload:preloader = new preloader();
var sortArray:Array = new Array();
var zSpacing:Number = 0;
var currentImage:Number;
var currentMaskee:MovieClip;
var currentMask:MovieClip;
var picTimer:Timer = new Timer(5000);
picTimer.addEventListener(TimerEvent.TIMER, nextPic);
var images_mc:MovieClip = new MovieClip();
images_mc.visible = false;
var req:URLRequest = new URLRequest("images.xml");
var imageLoader:URLLoader = new URLLoader();
imageLoader.addEventListener(Event.COMPLETE, onComplete);
root.transform.perspectiveProjection.projectionCenter = new Point(0,0);
function onComplete(e:Event):void
	imageX = new XML(;
	imageList = new XMLList(imageX.image);
	for (var i:uint=0; i < imageList.length(); i++)
		var pic:Picture = new Picture(imageList[i].url);
		pic.x = 0;
		pic.y = 0;
		pic.z = i * zSpacing;
	sortArray.sortOn("z", Array.NUMERIC | Array.DESCENDING);
	for (var j:uint = 0; j<sortArray.length; j++)
	currentImage = sortArray.length - 1;
	preload.x = stage.stageWidth/2 - preload.width/2;
	preload.y = stage.stageHeight/2 - preload.height/2;
	preload.bar_mc.scaleX = 0;
	preload.addEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, preloading);
function preloading(e:Event):void
	var totalPct:Number = 0;
	for (var i:uint = 0; i < sortArray.length; i++)
		totalPct += sortArray[i].pctLoaded;
	var avg:Number = totalPct / sortArray.length;
	preload.bar_mc.scaleX = avg;
	if (avg >= 1)
		images_mc.visible = true;
		preload.removeEventListener(Event.ENTER_FRAME, preloading);
		// Change pictures every 5 seconds
function maskPicture(e:Event):void
function nextPic(e:TimerEvent):void
	for (var i:uint=0; i<sortArray.length; i++)
		if (i == currentImage)
			sortArray[i].z = (sortArray.length-1)*zSpacing;
			var startZ:Number = sortArray[i].z;
			var endZ:Number = startZ - zSpacing;
			new Tween(sortArray[i],"z",Regular.easeOut,startZ,endZ,12,false);
	if (currentImage > 0)
		currentImage = sortArray.length - 1;
function onTick(event:TimerEvent):void 
	// displays the tick count so far
    // The target of this event is the Timer instance itself.
    trace("tick " +;

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