The Girl You Used to Be

is still inside you, ready for adventure


2/15/20243 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.)

Let’s get started:-

Card Base: 5.5 x 8.5, scored and folded at 4.25

Panel:  3.5 x 1 7/8

Card Face:  5.25 x 4

Card Face:

  • I laid the card face onto the Grip Mat,  positioned the stencil and masked off the bottom portion, leaving only the hat exposed.  

  • I applied a dark teal ink across the exposed surface.

  • I cleaned the stencil,  masked off the hat and exposed the shoulder, neck and chin.

  • I inked them in black ink.

  • After cleaning the stencil again  I masked the bottom portion, left the hat masked and exposed the lips.

  • I applied a bright red with a firm hand.

  • I traced the brim of the hat with a gold metallic marker., adding a narrow gold border.


  • I pulled the panel with the little girl out of my Ready to Go Binder *.  I had completed her several months ago (a gel print with spatter added, and then the little girl heat embossed in black) but didn’t know quite how I wanted to use her.  

* See Ready to Go Binder under Techniques in the header to understand just how helpful this is

  • I wanted to use my computer to generate the sentiment, but my printer will only accept 80lb paper max., and I only have that weight in white.  It just didn’t work on this cream cardstock.  In the end I hand wrote the sentiment and cut it out.


  • I glued the card face onto the card base, centering on all four sides.

  • I added the panel with the little girl, positioning as shown.

  • I added the two sentiments -  the one on the bottom hangs off of the panel, so  to accomodate this I glued two narrow strips of cream cardstock together and glued them to the back of the sentiment on the right hand end..  This provides support for that portion of the sentiment.

  • I glued on small gold beads as shown in the image.

Final Thoughts

I could have subbed in another sentiment,  but I was determined to create this idea with this card …  even if it meant hand-writing it.  I’m stubborn that way!  

In looking at the image now,  I wish I had taken ¼” more off of the right hand side of the panel -  but it’s too late to change now.  Live and learn.

Supplies: (and links where possible)

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

Stencil:  Side Hat, A Colorful Life Designs

Stamp: Silhouette Scenes, Stampin' Up! (retired)

Waffle Flower Grip Mat, 8.5 x 6.5,

Ink: Stampin’ Up!

Blending Brushes: Stampin’ Up! 

 Micro-liners: Amazon

Metallic Markers: Amazon

Stamp Positioner: Misti, Spellbinders

Adhesive: Tombow Aqua, Michaels

Cream Cardstock for card base and card face: Michaels

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