How I colour Magnolia stamp faces (tutorial)

Hi everyone :o)
I have had many requests for a tutorial on how I colour the faces on my beloved Magnolia stamps so I found some time last night and sat down and took some photos while I coloured up this little cutie pie.

First of all, I have to say, I didn't invent this style of colouring! I first saw two of my lovely Magnolia DT teamies doing it and had to try it myself and well, it stuck. Camilla S from Norway paints with water colours and does a lovely subtle line on her faces which is just stunning. Alberto from Italy was the other teamie I was inspired by. His work is also outstanding. I encourage you to check out both of their blogs. 

Ok, so this is obviously going to work with the colours you usually use to colour your faces. I constantly change which colours I use hehe, so at the moment my colours of choice are E 13, 11, 01, 00, 000.
My favourite blending card is Make It Colour from Make it Crafty. It is also available from Quixotic Paperie in the UK. If you have tried Xpress It blending card and like it, you will love this card from Make it Crafty - it can hold a lot more ink and doesn't bleed as readily as other card stock. I find it is also easier to blend the colours. It makes colouring a quick and easy task. 

The first thing I do is take my E13 (darkest shade) and I draw a curved line from the middle of one of Tilda's eyes through the other eye and flick the marker end as I pass through her second eye. This leaves a thinner end on the marker line. I then go back to the first eye and flick outwards a little bit. Then still using E13, I colour the areas that will have the shaddows.

Using E11, I carefully blend the E13 out a bit, making sure that I don't blend below the E13 line as this is what creates the definition in Tilda's face. You can also see from these photos how I colour her little knees in. 

Using E 01 I blend out a little further, but not too much as I want to go in with E 00 next. 

Now you can see I've gone in with E00 and finished her forehead and smoothed out her cheeks a little bit. 

And finally E 000 to finish filling out her face. If you think she needs more definition you can go back in with the darker colours and add more shaddows. 

You can see that I've then used my 0 blender to fix some little boo boos haha. 
So that is how I do the faces on my Magnolia people. Its pretty simple and I think it just adds a little bit extra   to them. 

I hope that helps a little. 
I'll be back on Wednesday to show you my finished card with this little sweetie. 
Thanks for visiting me today :)


  1. Thanks for this tutorial Kylie! I was wondering how you gave such definition to Tilda's face. I must admit to being afraid to draw that line across my images but they certainly look beautiful on your Magnolias. I'm interested to see how that technique works with DIs too. Thanks for sharing, hugs, Angela

  2. Fab tutorial kylie will be giving that a try
    Hugs Sara x x x

  3. Kylie, this is just perfect, I was going to try coloring like yours and now comes the tutorial, I will definitely try this, Thank you so much.
    Hugs, Irene

  4. This is terrific Kylie. It makes colouring sooooooo much easier when there is a tool like this to refer to. I can think of so many more tutorials that would benefit many of, clothing, shoes....endless. How about it?

    Thank you so much for taking the time to make your tutorial. I really love all the gorgeous creations you come up with.

  5. Love your tutorial Kylie! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks for coloring Maggies! :) I'm def going to give this a try! :)
    Hugs~ Kim

  6. Hi Kylie, thanks for the great tutorial, really enjoyed it and I am going to give it a go. I have just ordered a small pack of that cardstock from make it crafty to try, I am so glad you said which one you use, now I can't wait for it to arrive. Thanks for sharing with us, it's great.
    Hugs Cheryl

  7. Fab!! Need to try this when I'm done with my dt cards ♥

  8. Very cute! I was wondering how you achieved the multi-dimensional look!

  9. Hi Kylie hunni!
    WOW! This looks amazing and I truly admire you for being so generous and sharing your great passion and knowledge for this amazing hobby with fellow crafters. You´re such a sweet and kind person and I love you for that!

  10. Hi Kylie,

    Thank you for sharing your technique!! I really really love your style of card making and coloring!!! I am sooo gone try and try ;D

    Hugs, Karin

  11. That was nice of you to share this method ,I think its great I give it a try

  12. A wonderful tutorial Kylie, you're so sweet to share your tips and your colouring is always so very beautiful. Big hugs, Chris xx

  13. A great tutorial.....Thanks for sharing it.
    HUgs Sinikka

  14. Great tutorial. I'm gona practice, practice, practice.
    Hugs, Ellen40

  15. Great tutorial Kylie! Thanks for your generosity in sharing. Hugs, Maria

  16. Great tutorial Kylie! Thanks for your generosity in sharing. Hugs, Maria

  17. Thank you for a great tutorial! I haven't tried this shadowing technique before because I didn't quite know how to do it, but this is of great help :-)
    Hugs, Anne


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