Complete a face

Okay, my deepest apologies to Magnolia, because I unintentionally intruded on their copyrights, in using their Tilda faces to show how to complete a face. Also, my deepest gratitude to them because they have taken no steps to punish me! Another word of gratitude to Mo Manning, of Mo’s Digital Pencil, who alerted me to my copyright violation.

I’ve replaced the previous images with just generic circle faces. I mostly use these steps to draw faces for my beloved Tilda and Edwin stamps. Here’s a link in case you have no idea what stamps I’m talking about: Magnolia Licious (free shipping over $75)
Okay, so these are the steps…

I do leave the eyelashes off of Edwin.  <grin>

Here are more places from which I’ve bought Magnolia (and other) stamps:
Dream Cottage
Tilda’s Town – free shipping, no minimum purchase.
All That Scraps free shipping over $40.
7 Kids College Fund

34 Responses to “Complete a face”

  1. Dina Says:

    Brilliant. 😉 My kids insist those are hippos, not children…..

  2. Karen Says:

    On behalf of all those who feel that Magnolias need faces but don’t know how to draw, I thank you. This is wonderful! The instructions are great and I think I may look at these new stamps with a new eye.

  3. RubberLady603 Says:

    Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!!!!!
    Faceless children just scare the pants off me!

  4. samara navi Says:

    Sophie, thank you so much for your generous comment on my card on SCS. WOW ARE YOU AN ARTIST!!!!! I just went through your whole blog here….Incredible!!!! Now I feel very sheepish getting a comment from you! I saw the comment you made about wanting to do a pic everyday from life…and to that extent…it is SO real and so much emotion! You have such a task ahead of you…I am so happy I found you…this art is such a blessing to receive. Thank you Sophie!!! For your gifts. LOVING GOD, Samara

  5. Emily Niehaus Says:

    Oh bless you! Those are soooooo much cuter with your beautiful faces! It really brings that image to life! 🙂

  6. Mrs Noofy Says:

    Glad to see you blogging again. Those faces are really sweet and you make the directions so easy to follow.

  7. michele (mitchygitchygoomy) Says:

    Sophie, you are just one of those “outside the box” artistic thinkers. This is such a wonderful tutorial for any and all who may like to add a little extra something by times to their Magnolias. What a teacher you are. Such excellent instruction and examples here. You make it look so possible and that’s what the best teachers do for their students!! Maybe you have yet another calling alongside your amazing artwork!!! Hugs,

  8. Pam Sparks Says:

    awesome Sophie!

  9. Alexandra Says:

    Thank you, thank you! I can not stand these with out faces.

  10. Sarah Williams Says:

    THANK YOU! They’re actually CUTE with faces! Creepy little things. So glad you fixed them! 🙂

  11. fabienne Says:

    Thank you so much.

    I’ve been offered prints of Magnolia paterns and could’nt use them as I couldn’t figure out how to put a smile on those faces and like many I need an face expression on these little kids. Now I’m going to use those prints.

    You are brilliant!

  12. Lisa Lara Says:

    Sophie, you have a blog!!!!! I love it. I love the name! Hee. Oh my gosh, your tutorials are amazing gf. Oh thank you so much for sharing your talent!

  13. kristina Says:

    OMG, this is great! I love the instructions and will be using them, thank you so much!

  14. Elaine Lienhart Says:

    What a great tutorial, Sophie! I’ve used Magnolia’s elf stamp to stamp a mouth on my Tildas, but this gives so many more options. Love the different expressions! Thanks so much!

  15. Michelle B. aka JustPaintingAround Says:

    So cool! My family doesn’t appreciate images without full faces. Now I can fix that! Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial! I have printed it out and will keep it with my Magnolias.

  16. Peggy Elms Says:

    Il faut absolument que je garde ces exemples dans mes favoris Sophie! Quelle idée original. J’ai déjà essayé seulement avec un sourire, mais j’aime vraiment les expressions différentes! BRAVO mon amie.


  17. Marla Says:

    Thank you! Please spread the word to the stamping world! I hope everyone starts drawing faces on these stamps. They FREAK me out and I just didn’t get it. Now, after see this, I wonder if they are designed to have faces added. You did a great job with your instructions. Thanks again!

  18. Mondy Says:

    gefällt mir viel besser mit Mund und Nase.

    toll gemacht

    LG Moni

  19. kimberstampsit Says:

    Thank you for the wonderful instructions! I immediately took the magnolia I was working on, penciled in the face and went over it with the micron pen. I also added a couple white dots to the eye to make it shine. Doesn’t even look like the same stamp! So cute. Thanks again!


  20. Susan Says:

    These images look much, much better with faces on them. LOVE what you did!! Now if only the stamps came that way…I’d be willing to buy them. 🙂

  21. Scrapcollectr57 (Cindy W) Says:

    Thanks for the step by step. It’s inspiring!

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  23. Anne Thomas Says:

    Thankyou so much for this idea, i have just discovered magnolia stamping and have become addicted, but have found that some people prefer a face so thanks again for your helpful information

  24. Kimmiek Says:

    WOW! I am amazed readign the coments hwo many people do not liek the Magnolia Stamps “Faceless”. I should probably say “expresionless” instead, for they do indeed have a
    I do not like any type of face added.
    You did wonderful. I simply like, no love, them just the way they are made! Expresionless. Nice of you to share your ideas however.

  25. sandy Says:

    ooo thank you so much sophie … my granddaughter hates the tilda images because they are, as others have said expresionless, but now I can try adding a smile she may like them a little more

    I have added the instructions to my blog for my own information because I am always forgetting where I file things so I keep important bits and pieces up together on there …

    please take a look and if you would rather I did not publish it there I will take it off

    happy crafting and thanks again

    Sandy xx

  26. sue Says:

    Fantastic thank you i always put a face on them, who goes around with no face!! yours are much better , many thanks, sue,x

  27. Dorcas Says:

    THis is so funny! I was beginning to think I was the only one who hated Tilda (whose cute in herself but without a face she looks more like a potato~ but I’ll take the hippo comment, that’s good too). I had just googled “does anyone hate tilda? and found your blog. lol It was just a fun experiment I didn’t really think I’d find anything.
    I also have drawn faces on Tilda before (when someone sends me stamped images) and they really look sooo much better, but I’m afraid of stepping on toes, Tilda is such an icon in Blogland. But see, someone else is doing it so it must be ok! lol

  28. pam tucker Says:

    At last, others think Tilda needs a face. I’ve not let one loose without an expression. I assumed the makers made them without a face so you can add the relevant expression eg. sad for Get well and missing you cards, Happy for whatever etc.

    But those who leave it blank have no soul in the picture. It seems eerie that a child would be so expressionless – my kids never are!

  29. Mo Says:

    I hate to tell you this, but there is an important copyright issue here. You can’t alter another artist’s copyrighted work and then publish it. So while you can get away with drawing on a stamped image strictly for your own personal use, in order to show it on this blog or sell your finished work you must get individual writtenn permission from Magnolia to do this.

    It’s kind of like if you wrote a poem and someone took some of the words out and replaced them with others . . . whether the words are (in your opinion) improving the poem or (in the original authors opinion) wrecking the poem — it’s against copyright law to show it in public.

  30. Mo Says:

    Hi Sophie!! What a GREAT way to show this method of making faces without worrying about violating anyone’s copyright. I’m sure this post will continue to be handy to people who want to add a little expression to any stamps (for personal use of course, LOL) with missing features. 🙂

    It’s so refreshing to see someone who respects copyright issues (AND the artist’s original creations) without getting angry or defensive. You are awesome!! 🙂

    Happy Turkey Day!!


  31. CaroleC Says:

    Oh my gosh … thank you Sophie. The magnolia images give me the creeps with those faceless kids. Never thought to actually add a face. I might just buy one of those stamps now.

    Thank you for sharing.

  32. Dana Joy Says:

    Fabulous. I so wanted to draw smiles on these images. Thanks for the awesome tip!!!

  33. kristina Says:

    Thank you, these are really easy to follow instructions and I think it adds a lot for Tilda to have the missing face elements added in.

  34. Dennise Zadroga Says:

    Nice article! Very interesting subject. Niche specific holiday cards with a distinctively warm and personal touch are always beautiful suprise.

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