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Only Imagine

Happy Friday, Unity Friends!  It’s Jules of Paper Gems by Jules back on the blog to share something a little different.  As much as I love making cards, I also like being creative… imaginative.  So when I came across this pretty little image from a 2015 release called “Only Imagine”, I instantly thought of a vintage photo.  I intended to make a card, but I thought just a metallic frame would be just enough to capture this girls beauty.

Originally, this started as a no-line coloring image and I stamped it with Ink on 3s Fade Out Ink.

Using only the warm grey Copic markers, I started with the darkest W10.  Gently feathering the marker to make subtle highlights, I started at the top of her head and the tips of her hair.

Next, I used the W8 and pulled from the darker areas toward the thicker areas of hair.

Continuing the same process, I normally use every other color (ie. W10, W8, W6, W4…) when blending out.  Because I was using only the warm greys, I I had to use much lighter colors for the skin and accessories to that it didn’t all blend in.  And although I like the look of no-line coloring… I just wasn’t feeling it.

So once I was finished coloring the image, I stamped the image again using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink. By keeping the stamp in place in my Misti and completing all the Copic coloring, you could use VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink to get the darkest black ink with all the detail and not risk damaging my Copics.

Once I was done, I found a random chipboard frame and used black gesso to color it and then used a metallic champagne paint to color the frame.  After drying it with my heat gun, I laid it over the image and traced it so that I could cut the excess paper easily.  Using double sided tape, I adhered the image to the painted frame and added some Rangers Stickles for a little extra detail.

I may just put a magnet on the back and have her in my craft room or gift her to a beautiful friend.  Either way, this little beauty is a wonderful addition to your stash.  I encourage you to search the Unity Stamp Co. website for hidden gems like this one.  Feel free to comment what you find that you hadn’t noticed before, but LOVE!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you found some inspiration.  Make sure to subscribe to see more creativity by the Unity Design Team. Until next time…

Happy Crafting!


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