StencilGirl Blog Hop – Terri Stigmiller


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Welcome to the StencilGirl Blog Hop – Today I am playing with Terri Stigmiller’s stencil called Garden Swirl.

Terri Stencil

I just love curvy and soft edge designs.  Flowers, hearts, spirals.  I saw many designs in this one stencil.  Of course, the flowers and spiral shapes.. but I also saw hearts.

I’ve decided to pull out my polymer clay again and target certain spots on the stencil to make thin embellishment to put on cards.  Ready? Let’s go.

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I’m working with Premo clay. Running it through the pasta machine as a very thin setting. If you are using a rolling pin, dedicated to clay, the make sure the clay is flattened to about 1/16th of an inch.  You want these to be thin enough to glue on a card and not be too heavy. I’m targeting that corner design that looks like a heart.  I also did the flowers and leaves.

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Take the clay and lay it on the surface, non-stick or paper is preferable, and take the section of the stencil you want and put it on top of the clay.  I am using an acrylic roller here.  Push down so it indents into the clay.  Pull up gently and you have your design imprinted in the clay. Use a dull knife to cut around the shape (think butter knife).  Now, with some plastic wrap, lay it over the shape and smooth your finger around the edges. This softens the edges.  Repeat with another shape.  The next one was a flower.

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Take a button or a rubber stamp and texture the clay flower (spray with water first for release).  I made a small center for the flower.  In the last picture, below, you can see the shapes I pulled from Terri’s stencil.  So much fun.

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Time to bake in my clay oven for the time specified on the package.  These are thin, so they won’t take more than 15 minutes.  Once they are baked and cooled, it’s time to make them purdy.  I took stickles glitter and drew into the creased lines of the heart and leave… or….

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.. here I stained my other pieces with brown acrylic paint.

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Time for a shine.  For the glitter pieces, I used Diamond Glaze.  For the stained pieces, I used my handy dandy Future Floor Wax.  Let dry.  As you can see with the last picture, they are pretty thin and flexible.

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I took two tags and laid them down and made a binding with masking tape.  Think greeting card.  Covered the card on the outside with Ranger tissue paper, gluing with gel medium.  Then I glazed with the Golden’s Patina Green glazing liquid, rubbing it in with a paper towel.

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I wanted to tone down the background.  I took a wash of titan buff acrylic paint and water and gave it a wash.  Then sprayed with Dylusions, front and back.

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I took my Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and went around the edges of the card and doodled all around.

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Glued the clay embellishments on the front of the card.  Inside the card, I glued in torn pages from a children’s book and washed that with titan buff and water to push the words in the background.

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I wrote a message in a thick lettering style – “I  Am Grateful 4 U”.

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And, that’s it folks.  Making your own handmade embellishments for your handmade greeting cards, just adds that special touch.   I just love that you can use stencils in so many ways. Just one little section can create wonderful designs all by themselves.

Give-a-way alert:  All comments left on the ENTIRE hop are eligible to be picked as the winning comment. Giveaway will close on Sunday, November 24th at 11:59 p.m. cst.

Please follow my art friends below. Can’t wait to see what they have all done.

StencilGirl Talk
Terri Stegmiller
Linda Kittmer
Kirsten Reed
Marjie Kemper
Janet Joehlin
Judy Shea  (that’s me, next is Linda)
Linda Cain
Corrine Gilman
Leslie Tucker Jenison
Mary C. Nasser

Thank you so much for stopping by.  You know how I feel about you.  Loving all your comments.

Judy ♥  ♥


85 responses »

  1. You rock polymer clay. I mean really rock it! Your photos and explanation make clay so approachable. Perhaps instead of turkey I will cook clay for Thanksgiving !

  2. What a beautiful handmade gift, Judy. Gorgeous and vibrant, just like you! I love reading about and seeing your process, step by step. Well done! Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. What a neat way to use stencils! And love the idea of making a card with two tags … much more interesting than just a piece of cardstock. So fun!

  4. Judy I love the creative way you used Terri’s Garden Swirl stencil to create with polymer clay! Wow! Now that is thinking outside the box and what a lovely card you made! I’m grateful for the inspiration you’ve given me today. Thank you.

  5. Very cool Judy & you’re right about a handmade card being so special. I always think there’s so much more thought and love that goes into something made by hand rather than racing into CVS & grabbing the first thing you see.

  6. I love seeing the process of playing with polymer clay, Judy, but what you have created here is over-the-top brilliant! It answers the question, “When is a card not a card?” Love it!

  7. Wow Judy, what a great use! I live polymer as much as I love stencils. Very cool project.

  8. I had not even seen the hearts!!! Love your vision. Beautiful clay project.
    ❤ J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  9. I gave all my clay away and now I am sorry. May have to rethink that decision after seeing your demo.

  10. I would never have thought to use the stencils in that way! I am so glad that, with all of the other things in your busy life, you are able to find time to share your creative process with us! Thank you!

  11. Awesome project! I’ve always loved your “bellishments. I love how you made the card out of tags. Nice spray colors, too.
    Beautiful card!!!

  12. I am still amazed by every ones take using these stencils.The clay embellishments turned out great.

  13. You are the cat’s meow with clay! Love it, love it, love it!
    Your eye for picking out shapes with the stencil was very good!

  14. I have never seen this technique before! I have some polymer clay, but haven’t played with it yet. Now I have inspiration to give it a whirl! Thank you.

  15. Yep, you did it again. You worked your magic. This seems to be an extensive project. I have never seen any clay and stencil work done by anyone.

  16. It would never have occurred to me to use stencils with clay–what a great idea. This hop has been a real eye-opener for me. Thank you for the wonderful project!

  17. I have too mnay obsessions. Off to dig out some PC and play for embellies for paper. Thanks for the kick in the kiln!


  18. Amazing.. I never thought to use the stencils with clay.. but I guess that is one of the wonders to using a quality stencils.. and thats what you get when you use stencil girl!.. I have yet to own one of these.. I am a big fan.. I need to join the stencil club.. your project alone made me a believer in the quality of the workmanship of the stencil!! Looking forward to seeing more!! TFS..

  19. What a great idea! I could not see the heart until you had the clay piece pulled out of it. The card is lovely but it was fun to see how you made it too! Thank you!!!

  20. Awesome! Now I know what to do with the clay i recently bought. And I can use it with my favorite art toy…stencils! Thanks for sharing

  21. Awesome! Now I know what to do with the clay i recently bought. And I can use it with my favorite art toy…stencils! Thanks for sharing

  22. Judy- again! You really are such an inspiration and your detailed tutorials are awesome! Thank you so much for the inspiration- cannot wait to try clay in my art!

  23. I love coming here to loo at your art – you always surprise me with your intricate projects – this is one of my favorites so far!

  24. Thanks so much for the clay tutorial! Your work is beautiful, and of course the sentiment in the finished product is so true!

  25. out of everyone that stencil girls use to give stencils to make things with i can always count on you to be great. i ALWAYS love the things you make. thank you so much for all the great inspiration. xoxo

  26. So original! I hadn’t thought of clay with stencils, but I have several that would be perfect for this application.

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