Growing in Unity 2018 Day 4

This week is going by so quickly.  Thank you for all of your comments and feed back.  Remember that two winners will be randomly chosen from all of the comments this week to receive a grab bag of 25 stamps from Unity Stamp Company.  I will pick the winners late Sunday, so you have until then to leave comments.  I will also pick a bonus winner for 3 new Distress Oxide inks that I have as extras.

I am going to talk faces today. When I first found the Unity Stamp Company I noticed that several of their beautiful Angie girls had blank faces.  I admit that at first I wasn’t sure that I really liked them and didn’t know how I would use them.  Then I noticed how beautifully some of them were colored and made so that they could be any woman and any expression based on the sentiments with them.  The more I used them that way, the more I like them that way.  However based on some posts from the Show and Tell page there are people who would like faces on their Angie girls.  I will try to show the same stamp as they are and some options for putting faces on them.  I honestly don’t think there is a right or wrong on adding faces because it is strictly a personal preference and I like it both ways.  If I were really talented, I could draw my own face, but that is not an option, lol.

KOMThis image is from the January 2018 KOM called Twinkle.  I colored both the same way with water colors on watercolor paper.  I used a large oval to cut the edge and placed it on a piece of cardstock from a paper pack by The Paper Studio called Sunbeam Meadow.  I found if I pick my paper first, I can match the colors to paint with easier than trying to find paper to match what I already painted.  The image on the left is the original stamp and the one on the right uses a Unity stamp set called Angie Girl Faces.  I will warn you that these stamps are tiny (in fact I have two because I lost one set for a little while) It works beautifully with this stamp.  One face is with eyes open and one with eyes closed. The thing about this stamp is that it doesn’t fit a lot of the Angie Girls. To see if the faces will work with a stamp, I have stamped both images on an piece of acrylic with Satzon ink. You can also just use a scrap piece of plastic packaging.  This allows you to place them over your stamped image to see how they will work.

I also put a simple mask made from a post-it note over her hair because the eyes were going to stamp into the hair which I didn’t want (hair in my eyes bugs me in real life too). I used a Stamp-a-ma-jig to be able to place the face in the correct place.

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Here is another bigger stamp that Angie Girl faces will not work with, so I went a different way.

GirlThis image is called I Hope You Feel Beautiful and the sentiment is from Eloise Girl.  This face came from a set by Peachy Keen.  They are clear face stamps that come in sets of  multiple sizes of the same image for different things such as people, animals, snowmen, etc. They are meant to be used with die cuts such as those done on my Cricut machine.  I stamped all of them out on an acrylic sheet just like the Angie Girl Faces to see if any of the sizes will work with the various Angie Girls.  A couple of notes: One – they really only work for front facing images, not those looking off to a side; Two – they seem to be made for faces that are shorter than the Angie Girls.  In order for them to look right, I put a piece of painter’s tape over the mouth and nose and inked it up.  I removed the tape and stamped the eyes.  I then covered the eyes with the tape, inked it, removed the tape and stamped the nose and mouth lower on the face. The paper is from Shimelle called Little by Little.  I used some rick rack that I had in my stash.  The images were colored with my Spectrum Noir markers.  This also needed a mask (made from a post-it note) to keep the eyes out of the hat before stamping the face.

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I am not forgetting about the guys either.

Forrest

This is Forrest Guy. As with the prior Angie girl, I used a face from a Peachy Keen set.  I also had to stamp the eyes separately from the mouth.  This was especially important so that I could fit the mouth inside the mustache and beard.  I stamped with a dye ink and then colored with my Spectrum Noir markers.  The patterned papers are from a 6 x 6 pad called Outfitters by Pink Paislee.

Let me know which is your preference – face or no face.  I will finish up this fun week tomorrow. – Denise

77 thoughts on “Growing in Unity 2018 Day 4

  1. Great post, Denise! This is one of my biggest debates over the Angie Girls. They are always breathtakingly beautiful, but I find myself wanting a face to finish the beautiful design. I didn’t know you could get Angie Girl faces, so I’ll check this out. Lovely cards – you’ve put so much effort into making this a brilliant and inspiring week, Jo x

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    • Thank you. The Angie Girl faces seem to fit some, but not most. I may try to make a post later listing the ones they fit. That is why I purchased a Peachy Keen face sets because they have various sizes in the same set. That said the Peachy Keen are mostly a different style than the Unity stamps and so only work somewhat.

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  2. I love faces I personally do not like faceless stamps but will buy one if I can add a face to it. This is a big question and up for many answers. I say it is only personal preference. Some of us like the faces and some like them without. It does not matter which one you like they are beautiful cards, my pick is face.

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  3. Great job with adding the facial features to your cards. They are beautiful. I really enjoyed seeing your cards. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  4. When I saw the subject, I thought “no face” because I would mess it up and my AngieGirls would look like Marty Feldman. These are great! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I especially like the first girl with the face. The one you chose ingots that girl really well. Now that my collection of girls has grown to more than one, I should add those stamps to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Fantastic cards! I love the different designs you shared! I didn’t like the faceless Angie girls at first… until I really saw them as any woman. Now, I have to have them all! Thanks for sharing the options for faces.

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  7. Great cards, I’m on the fence with faces/ no faces….. I think when they are stamped as Angie intended, you can imagine someone you know and love but with faces I can’t do that even though you did a fabulous job on the girls! 😊

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  8. I’ve never had a problem with no face; I like it. I like them with a face, too, of course, but I don’t have any faces to use (and I can’t draw either!), so no face it is for me and I’m fine with it. Your cards are all lovely and I appreciate your great debate! lol

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  9. Thanks for all the tips on adding faces. It doesn’t bother me having no faces but I know some people think they should have faces.

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  10. Amazing! I’m usually a face girl, but they are all beautiful without too. Great tips. Love your coloring, patterns, faces, and designs. And great masculine card too. Just lovely.

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  11. Thank you for the face stamp idea. I am going to take a look at those. I love the faceless Angie girls but I also think the stamp adds and would like to try them out with some of my girls. I love your card with the rounded edge. The coloring is really nice and I like the colors you used.

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  12. Amazing cards with face and no face. I have no problem, I like them the way they are. Thanks for the information of the face stamp.

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  13. Personally, I love the faceless stamps (I have quite a few!), but you’ve given great tips for those who want faces on their Angie girls!

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  14. It turns out that I don’t like the with-faces girls better than the faceless ones, which surprised me. Thank you for showing a variety of backgrounds.

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  15. This is great! I’ve always loved the Angie girls as I find them unique. I like what you’ve done with all 3, they look great.

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  16. I am definitely a no face girl! Like you, at first it seemed odd, but now I love that they can be “anyone” in the masses. Great job on masking to get the faces where you wanted! Thank you for sharing both looks and for the tips.

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  17. It is certainly a personal preference – but I am all about no faces. It’s probably about the mystery of who that person might really be. A long time ago I loved the faceless Amish craze that went around the crafting world.

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  18. Faceless because the Angie Girl can be anyone you want her to be. I like that you did these side by side so we could see which way we each prefer! Great cards. Thank you.

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  19. At first, I didnt necessarily like the Angie girls without faces, but I have grown to love them. I did send one once to a lady who felt disrespected that I sent her a card with a lady that had no face, but once I showed her the stamps, she understood.

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  20. Faces are hard, and I like it when they fit properly…. so it really depends on the image. I don’t mind a “fill in the blank” for a face so people can choose an expression based on how they feel about the whole image.

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  21. What a great post! I learned so much! I can’t wait to try Angie Girls with faces! Though I like them blank – I always try to put in shading to suggest facial features. But your faces are really wonderful! Your suggestion to pick paper first then color to compliment seems so reasonable. However, it never occured to me!

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  22. What a wonderful informative and educational post. At first, I didn’t care for the no face look. However, now that I think about it some more, I imagine different scenarios and how the faces would be different, depending upon the situation. I think that the no face allows for personal interpretation and therefore can be used in a multitude of situations.

    sue

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