just say booJust Say Boo! Stampers serve up a variety of sweet and scary stamped scenes, perfect for Halloween inspiration. A graveyard scene is a scream, followed close behind by "Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun!" Skeleton boys are out and about, ready to have treat bags filled with goodies. Would you give a treat to these fellows?

Skeleton Boys, Won't You Come Out Tonight by Joyce Owen. (Stamp credits: Skeleton boys—Rubbermoon; bats—Northwoods Rubber Stamps; witch—PSX; haunted houses—Outlines; treat bags—Stampabilities; Trick or Treat—Hero Arts; texture stamp—Magenta.)
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Wild Animals. Join us on a tour, not only of the Great Outdoors with big, wild animals, but into the realms of humor and imagination. You'll see zebras running in the jungle, bears coming down the road, and stuffed buffalo and deer heads above a stone fireplace.

In the Woods by Lin Metcalf. (Stamp credits: Fireplace—Connor’s Collectibles; accessories—Art Impressions; woman—Viva Las VegaStamps!; chair—Third Coast; rug—100 Proof Press; bear—Mostly Animals; elk—Rubber Stamps of America; bison—Copper Leaf Creations.)


Reinker Technique Challenge. Israeli stamper Irit Shalom used pigment inks and matching powders when heat embossing this beautiful banner. She used an emboss resist technique, adding three colors of ink with a make-up sponge on top of the embossed designs. She mixed colors as she went along. More beautiful artwork and ideas on embossing are included in this column.

Art Banner by Irit Shalom. (Stamp credits: Ann Butler’s Faux Quilting Leaves, sentiments—Unity Stamps. Product credits: Inks—Ann Butler and Clearsnap; embossing powder—WOW; chipboard pieces—Wycinanka; ribbon—May Arts; pearls—Flourish with a Bling.)

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Faux Postage. Learn how to make Halloween postage with step-by step instructions from Carolyn Hasenfratz. Techniques described in this story can carry over to all types of faux postage.
“I was involved in Mail Art in the 1990’s, and through that activity I was introduced to Artistamps—also known as Faux Postage, Cinderella Stamps, and Postoids," says Carolyn, who provides plenty of examples within her story.

Halloween postage by Carolyn Hasenfratz. (Stamp credits:Carolyn’s Stamp Store, Clearsnap, 7 gypsies, All Night Media, hand-carved by artist. Sources for some faux postage images are unknown.)


The Fall 2015 issue also includes:

• Tips & Techniques. Lisa Miller shares information on products to keep your stamps and stamping supplies in tip-top form. WD-40, Un-Du and Huggies top her list.

• Elements of Composition. Create beautiful artwork. This story includes 13 different design formats and explains why they are so very effective.

• Meet Mark Jetton. The owner of Deadbeat Designs has a sense of humor and a way with stamps. Five cards he's designed, one with a very clever and unusual opening, are featured in this story. Mark describes how each of the five cards was stamped. He makes it look easy!

• The Happy Stamper. Glenda Tkalac has been "bitten by the ATC bug." Five colorful and classy examples of her artwork illustrate a story about this stamper and her philosophy of life.

• Bingo! Simple fortune cookie sayings are incorporated into unusual artwork by Sara Hanlon. Bingo cards serve as the base for each card, She calls the series "Animal Wisdom."

• Stampin' Safari. Barbara Gibbons makes notebooks with animal themes. She describes her technique, which includes stamping on craft foam. The results are wonderful.

• Impressions of Autumn. Seasonal scenes and happy designs fill the Fall Galleria. Laurie Collins, Cean Schopf, Cheryl Anson and Nadia Bayazitov provide the lovely stamp art.

• Skull Album. Lea Gunn has plenty of fun with rubber stamps and die cuts of skulls. This talented artist loves to add layers and bling to her stamp art. "There can never be too many layers or too many rhinestones," she says.

• Short Takes. Kay Young's artwork fills the halls at the Iowa County Courthouse. Gail Ellison has an unusual take on "special days." Two clever tags—perfect for this time of year—are featured. Lori Macedone answers an unusual art challenge. RSM writer Melanie King's youngsters dress up for trick or treating.

• Calendar. Conventions and events around the U.S.A. scheduled from midi-August through early November.

• Best New Stamper. Rosanna Ortlepp’s artful hand-carved images on a Wild Animals submission earned her the honor of Best New Stamper.

• Spotlight. Reviews of DRS Designs, Stampendous, Repeat Impressions, SAR and Design Your Mark.

• Cover Artist. A stamper's life is a good life for cover artist Anne Gibson, who owns Movable Parts, a rubber stamp company with many-faceted images.

• Looking Ahead. It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM.You'll find all the information you need in this column. We look forward to seeing what you’ve stamped! Click here to fine the same information online http://www.rsmadness.com/submissions.html.

•  RSM Bulletin Board. Find a pen pal, share a birthday greeting, enter a contest, read stamp company news, join a swap—all this and more can be found in the RSM Bulletin Board.