Blog Hop with Mary Nasser’s Map Stencil from StencilGirl


Well, here I am again..and what a summer it was. I’ve moved to a new home, turned a year older, sent my girls back to college and now I’m ready for some art making… .and what better way to begin again?  By doing a blog hop with StencilGirl designer, Mary Nasser.  Mary just designed 4 new stencils.   I was so excited to participate in this hop with many other artists you can see below, in a minute.  What a fantastic crowd to hop along with.  Thank you, Mary, for asking me to participate.

I chose this stencil:


A journey came to mind when I saw this stencil… and how perfect for me since I just moved to a new city.  I decided to make a journal with covers out of polymer clay.  A “Journey Journal”.  This measures about 3 1/2 ” x 4 1/2″.

Let’s begin our own journey with this process, shall we?  Hang on tight, grab your favorite comforting beverage and enjoy the ride, cuz it’s a lot of pictures.  Hey, it’s my comeback..  I’m going big.  Chop chop.

I started with, of course, Polymer Clay, in my favorite color, turquoise.  Condition it until is soft and pliable. I used my pasta machine, that is only used for clay (not food).  As a matter of fact, anything you use for clay from your kitchen, should never be used with food again.  Click on pictures for close ups.

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I took the stencil and the clay and ran it through my machine together so the map would impress the clay.

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Cool, huh?  I did this twice for the front and back cover of my journal.

Now, I needed a book template to follow, so I took my trusty coasters.. the ones I collect from restaurants and made sure the clay was as big as the coaster.  Now, these are my covers.

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Next up…making the pages to go inside.  I used Bristol paper and traced the coaster onto the paper and cut out about 8 pages.

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I stacked the pages together, but had to make them a bit smaller than the covers.  So, I scraped the sides with scissors and roughed them up… you can see the edges below (a “Distrezz it All” tool would be perfect for this).  Then I had to make the holes for the binding.  I took my awl and poked 3 holes on the top side using the coasters as a guide.  In the meantime, I baked my covers in my clay dedicated oven. Let cool once done.

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Once i had all the pages aligned, I clamped them together.  The used my big puncher (god, what is that called), to punch the holes in the clay covers.

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With me so far?  This is not even the fun part.  Stay with me now.

Once the clay covers had their holes and lined up with the pages, it was time to antique them.  What is “antiquing”?  Well, it’s taking brown acrylic paint and pushing into the grooves of the textured clay.  Then you wipe it off and leave the paint to sit in the textured valley’s, if you will.  So, it looks old and vintagey.

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Now, once you get the paint to where you want it, then let it dry.  Time to make it shine.  I used “Future” floor polish. I know, right?  Just brush on one coat with a soft flat paint brush, let dry.

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Nope, not done yet…more fun coming your way.

It’s time to make those covers come to life.  First, I glued one page to the front and back cover.  I made a bunch of my  “button n’bellishements”, cuz I needed more… especially hearts…. then added a few metal charms.  I used glitter glue to highlight a couple of the highways and I even cut out the route sign shape from Mary’s map and made a clay piece from that.  I also took a text rubber stamp and stamped onto the covers.  I used Elmer’s Squeeze Caulk to adhere the paper down and Helmar Glue for any embellishments.. I just love that glue.

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ABOVE:  With a small alphabet stamp set and with white acrylic paint, I stamped the word “journey” on the cover over a black acrylic edge.  Let me say that this journal went through many transitions.  I had ugly moments, or as my friend, Carolyn Dube says.. an “OOPS”!  Oh yes.. many of those.

I had a piece of suede leather rope to tie the book together, but then I thought it needed a solid binding edge to grab onto.  I made this twisted piece of clay,.. baked and antiqued it.  Then tied 3 separate pieces of the suede through each hole.

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That’s it, my friends.  I really hope you enjoyed this “journey” with me.

Now, it’s time to go visit the other blog artists to see what they did with Mary’s stencils.  I can’t contain myself.  I’ll meet you there.

StencilGirl Talk
Mary C. Nasser
Mary Beth Shaw
Jessica Sporn
Janet Joehlin
Heather Haymart
Judy Shea  (that’s meeeeeeeee)
Pam Carriker
Nancy Wethington
Corrine Gilman
Rose Wilde
Nancy Curry
Kristen Powers
Carolyn Dube
Maria McGuire

AND.. that’s not all… screeeeech…. halt……  There will be a give away for this hop.  Yup, it’s true.

Mary and StencilGirl will be giving away a set of four of her new map stencils.   ALL the comments on each blog, above, will be eligible for the drawing.   Just leave a comment by 11:59PM Central Time on October 4th.  The more blogs you comment on in the blog hop, the more chances you have of winning!

As always, thanks for stopping by.  I love hearing from you and appreciate your comments.

Judy ♥ ♥ ♥


72 responses »

  1. Judy, your journey journal is rich and beautiful and filled with your wonderful spirit! Thanks for sharing your journey. I’m so glad to see you having fun creating in your new space! Love ya, Karen

  2. Ok. TOO COOL! I didn’t know you could run a stencil thru a pasta machine. That is awesome. I need to find an old pasta machine because I am dyin’ to try this! Great project!

  3. well that does it! now I will have to start using my clays with my stencils… awesome journal cover! I’ve been wondering what to do with the spine of the one I’m working on – as it will be very thick with 24 pages – it needs ‘support’ for sure! thank you for the inspiration!

  4. …and I always knew there was a ‘higher use’ for floor polish! thanks for showing me what it is really meant for!

  5. as a book maker I just have to say WOW and THANK YOU so much for letting us drop by and watch the whole process! I just absolutely love watching the process the way you have presented it. Every piece really is a process, isn’t it? What a wonderful use of the stencil and of your own incredible talent! thank you for participating in this hop and thank you also for your fun and very active blog!

  6. Great use of the stencil for a journal cover! I love it! Thanks for a chance to win the stencils.

  7. This is just STUNNING! and you have NO idea how much I appreciate your tutorial with all of the photos. I love to try new things but I am often fumbling along so the photos really help! Thank you. And thank you for the chance to win the stencils!

  8. What great art! Love it! You make it all look SO simple.(It wouldn’t be for me)!
    And using a stencil with clay ….wow!
    Love the colors,too!

  9. Oh Nancy.. you didn’t see the few messes that I made. You see the good stuff.
    Thanks, everyone, for all your replies. I feel the love!!!

  10. Wow! I love what you did with this stencil. I’m going to have to try the pasta machine tip. Thank you!

  11. Judy;
    I am amazed at what you created! AMAZED! I was wondering if you think I could achieve the same thing with a rolling pin, flattening out the polymer clay, and then running it through my cuttlebug with the stencil? Have you ever done that? I would love to try it. I have never used polymer clay in this way.

  12. What a great idea. I had never thought about using clay with my stencils. Something new to try, now! Thanks for the great ideas!

  13. I had no idea! stencil and clay and look at all the loveliness that ensues. I’m a first time visitor to your blog and love what I see….I’ll be back to explore even more!

  14. Hi Kelly… I don’t have a die cut or have ever used one before. The rolling pin would be great too. Put a little cushion under the clay, such as folded fabric to give it some “give”. I don’t know if the cuttlebug would to harsh on the clay.. but you can try.. why not.

  15. Wow! Judy! What a PHENOMENAL project! So blown away by this!
    And the cover is in my favorite color! 🙂

    LOVE seeing all the photos of this amazing process.
    Thank you so much for participating in this blog hop! You ROCK!

  16. How great is that? Love it, I have never used clay before, didn’t realize how versatile it was. Learning so much on this hop. Thank you.

  17. Now that’s amazing! Beautiful work. Stencils and clay – now who’d have thought??

  18. what you did was one of my favorites so far. awesome. just loved it the map, the shiny part. the antiquing. will have to follow you now, great inspirations. thanks hun. xoxo hoping and hopping.

  19. What a totally different project! Ingenious! Thanks for sharing and a chance to win!

  20. OMG!!! Your project is wonderful!!! I would never have thought about using stencils with clay. Thank you so much for taking time to post the tutorial, too!!!

  21. You just made my nite! Crazy busy day – aren’t they all? Anyway, your book covers with the stencil are WOW. So appreciate the teaching, sharing and now that I signed up – yummy recipes. You rock, lady.

  22. I just love your mini journal. What an original idea. Will have to try it myself if I win Mary’s stencils. thanks for the inspiration.

  23. AMAZING!!! Loved the clay and would never have thought of using the stencil in that way! thanks so much for sharing! loved your blog too!

  24. I have been itching to get my polymer clay out and you have inspired me. Great use of stencil. Thanks for sharing. Would love to win 🙂

  25. What a great post. I am intrigued with some of the techniques and products you used. My biggest surprise was the use of Future Floor wax. Love it..

  26. Judy, this is so cool! I love that you used polymer. I love polymer but kind of set it aside for a while. This project is tempting me back. Also wanted to say thank you so much for your kind heart when my kitty BlackJack died. You made me feel so much better with your kindness and caring.

  27. Oh, what a fantastic little journal! I read clean through to the last picture – I was so enthralled looking forward to see what the journal would look like, I just had to read the whole post! The think to make holes is called a cropadile – not sure how’s it spelled – I get those moments too!

    Thoroughly enjoyed your post!!

    Carmen L

  28. How inspiring is this! I love it!! Stencils through pasta machine… who would have thought? Loved the process and thanks for sharing!

  29. Beautiful! I’ve never worked with clay before, so this was fascinating. So many possibilities…

  30. Judy!!! This is unbelievably cool. Never in a million years would I have thought to run the stencil through the pasta maker with clay. It’s totally fab!!

  31. Sculpey and stencils, wow its awesome how each artist uses the stencil in a different way. Loved the result, great job. Btw love helmars glue too, its the best. Thanks! 😉

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