Here is the stages of coloring....
I almost always start with coloring the face / skin.
I didn't want just plain balck so I used several shades of grey tones to get this look. A nice chocolate brown for the eyes ( to match my niece's gorgeous eyes!).
Here's the final product. I used papers from a mini DCWV and Stampin' Up! cardstock. The word "congrats" was made my Silhouette using a font from my computer. The bling is from Zva ... 'cause every girl deserves a little bling!!!! :) Oh, I almost forgot to say that I imported the grad gir limage to my Silhouette software so I could make a custom size mat for the digi image---- way easier than cutting it out by hand!!
So that's my card for my niece..... inside holds a little pocket for a special gift!
Thanks for looking and I hope the rest of your days is super-fab!!!