Thursday, April 19, 2018

Growing in Unity Day Four

Welcome back!

Today is Day Four of my stint as a Unity Stamp Company 2018 Growing In Unity girl.  Thanks for being with me this week as I share some of my favorite projects and techniques using Unity's fabulous stamps.

Today I have a simple coloring technique card and video to share with you.  I love to color, and love to spend time adding depth and dimension through color.  But sometimes, when I need a quick card, I don't have a lot of time to spend to create something detailed.  There are times when I need a birthday card or gift tag in a hurry!  I'd like to show you a quick technique of adding highlights to colored images using a white gel pen

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I chose one of the images from last April's Unity Kit of the Month.  I'll be using this bicycle image and "enjoy the ride" sentiment from the Be My Bird (4/17) kit.



I love the Kit of the Month kits.  Of all the subscriptions I've tried, Unity is the only that I have kept continuously.  I've been a subscriber for soon to be two years and have yet to be disappointed.  In fact, I think they keep getting better and better.  Each month I catch myself saying, "Oh!  This is my favorite one yet!"

For today's card, I've stamped both the bicycle image and the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and did some very quick coloring using very dark colored Copic markers.  The image looked quite flat and very non-descript and dark.  But by adding simple highlights with a Signo Uni-Ball white gel pen, I could quickly add dimension, and give bit of illusion of shine of the metal bike frame.

Watch the quick 6 minute video here:



I hope you enjoyed these simple tips and video.

Thank you for all the sweet comments the first few days!  It has been a fun sharing with you, and I'm grateful for the opportunity and for the support from Unity Stamp Company!

Today is yet another day to enter to win one of two fabulous prize packs of 25 random Unity Stamps.  Leave a comment below!  The two randomly drawn winners will be announced on this blog, and on the Unity Stamp Company Show & Tell and Growing in Unity Facebook pages.

Hope to see you here again tomorrow for Day Five!
Have a great day!

37 comments:

  1. I enjoyed watching you color. Such a great tip to add dimension with the white gel pen.

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  2. I don't use my white gel pen enough. Thanks for reminding me about this way to highlight images!

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  3. Great card-thanks so much for the coloring tips, I need lots of practice! 😊

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  4. Great coloring (as always) and highlights. Thanks for the tips. Just a lovely quick card.

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  5. The white gel pen really adds wonderful highlights. I love your bicycle card. You make it look so easy! Thanks again for another great card!

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  6. I love watching you color! Cute card and great tips!

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  7. Very cute card. I need to get better at coloring and shading. I really enjoy watching your videos.
    --Phaline Mays

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  8. Thanks for the coloring tips on your cute bicycle card! A good reminder that white and grey can give a great deal of depth! ( it also reminds me that I need to get a new white pen!😁)

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  9. Love your card! Thanks for the great tips!

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  10. Super cute! Love your embellishments!

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  11. So cute. I love the bike! And the polka dot paper is perfect for the grass!

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  12. Awesome.I got this stamp in a grab bag so I appreciate the inspiration!very cute!

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  13. that bike is so cute, I can not get KOM because I want to pick the stamps I like and can not get both, think it is first time I have seen the bike and it looks fantastic on your card

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  14. This is one of my most used stamps, love your card.

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  15. I really enjoyed this video! I suffer with simple cards. But you made this look so detailed with that white gel pen! Love that stamp also! Thanks for sharing your quick tip! Beautiful card!

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  16. I love the tip to use the white pen, it certainly makes a big difference

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  17. What an awesome KOM this is you used! Will have to put it on the wish list to try to get it at a sale price. Your card is lovely. Love the sentiment, too. Life is too short. Just enjoy the ride.

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  18. Thank you for the Copic tips. I am new to these markers so still learning about blending, highlighting etc. I’ve had mine drip on my project so knowing that I should take off both caps is helpful. You explain everything so clearly without saying too much. This card is adorable! I’m really enjoying your GIU week!!

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  19. Such a sweet card...really reminds me of springtime 💕

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  20. This really makes the card, "pop" with dimension and details. Thanks for sharing for your talents here.

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  21. The blue bike really shines! Great coloring!

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  22. Amazing what a difference the white gel makes! My pen doesn’t always “do the work” like yours does though.... ;)

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  23. Great coloring. I like how you added highlights with the gel pen.

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  24. I’ve had one of those pens and I barely use it! Thanks to your video, I will be using it much more. I love your sweet bicycle card❤️

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  25. Sweet card! Love the addition of the highlights with the gel pen! The bike is an adorable stamp!

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  26. What a great tip for a quick card that still makes a statement. Thank you for the tips.

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  27. Love how sweet this card is.

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  28. Perfect quick and easy CAS card! I'm excited that I have those stamps! :D

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  29. OK - this may sound silly, but adding the shade under each tire completely changed the way the bicycle looked even before you added the Sig-no!! So fun & so doable <3 Thanks for taking the time to "show" us so much ;) Have a great day!!

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  30. I confess I have this kit and have never used the bike image. Thanks for the great idea to make it work and inspiration to try it!

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  31. I love how this card turned out! Beautiful!

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  32. This is a lovely, very Spring-y card design !
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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