Hot Girl Summer? or Hot Flash Summer??

.... and all the stages in between


6/30/20233 min read

Would you like to experiment with a design like this? You'll find a supply list below, including a link to the stencil I used from A Colorful Life Designs . Follow the link and use discount code ChrisFan10 to save 10% on your entire order! (Master Creator Bundles are excluded as they already have a 20% discount built in.)

I used all of the stencils in this set to represent the differing stages of "swimsuit ready" we experience as we age. (!)

Letโ€™s Get Started:

Card Base: 4.25 x 11, scored and folded at 5.5

Card Face: 3 7/8 x 5.5

Small Scraps of Cardstock for Sentiment

Card Face:

  • I centered the smallest swimsuit on my card face and secured it with Mint Tape. I put the Delicate Leaves stencil over top, and secured that one as well.

  • I got out my blending brushes and three different colours of purple ink. (I only have three purples in the same tone.) I used the darkest ink first and inked the paper with a very heavy hand, The presence of the leaves stencil over top of the bathing suit stencil created a pretty pattern on the bathing suit.

  • I removed both stencils and put the 2nd stencil in place, centering it around the ink that was already there. I secured this with Mint tape, and applied my second colour of ink using a medium pressure. I used a softer hand as I approached the center, where the bathing suit was already in place - I was ok with the leaves being purple, but I wanted them to remain visible.

  • I removed that stencil and put the 3rd stencil down, again centering it around the (now larger) image already on the paper. After securing it with Mint tape, I used the same purple ink as the last layer, but this time with a lighter hand. This resulted in a visibly lighter colour for this layer. Again I used a softer touch as I approached the center so that the leaves would remain visible.

  • I removed the 3rd stencil and put the 4th and final stencil down, centering it around the exisiting image. I secured it and applied my lightest purple ink (more of a mauve, really). I didn't have to be as careful with this colour as I approached the center, as the colour is so light that it didn't really impact what was already there.


  • I stamped the gal - Ester Jean - using Memento Ink, and coloured her with alcohol markers. I fussy cut her, as I don't have dies for this set.

  • I printed the sentiment on 80 lb. cardstock using my computer ** , and then die cut both pieces.

** for more information on printing your own sentiments see Techniques in the banner. There are complete instructions to be found there.


  • I glued the card face to the card base. I wanted a bit more definition between the two layers: a narrow border was the answer. , I added this with a black marker.

  • I added two tiny gold pearls to the smallest bathing suit.

  • I glued the gal in place, as shown in the image.

  • I put foam tape on the back of both sentiment pieces: the first part of the sentiment was put in place on the left hand edge as shown.

  • I wanted to vary the placement of the second sentiment to add visual interest: I trimmed the edge off of the circle and put it in place against the inner border on the right.

Final thoughts:

Ester has exactly the same look as I do when I need to buy a new bathing suit! LOL.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

I have listed which products I have used, and where they were purchased. It's a huge marketplace and in most instances there are multiple sources and many alternatives to choose from.

Stencil: Bathing Suit, Marvellous Masks, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamps: Ester Jean, AALL & Create, Ecstasy Crafts

Dye Based Ink: Stampin' Up!

Mint Tape:

Blending Brushes, Stampin' Up!

Alcohol Markers:

Stampin' Blends, Stampin' Up!

Copic Markers: DeSerres

Adhesive: Tombo Aqua, Michaels

Card Base: Accent 100 lb., Amazon

Card Face: Accent 80 lb., Amazon

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