joy to the world

FASHION SHIRT WEAR. Stamped sweaters, t-shirts and more were pulled from the trendy runway and are featured in this issue. Some shirts stand on their own—literally—while others are part of a scene. Stamped flowers, moonlight and palm trees fill two beautiful examples of what can be done with a simple shirt shape. Even Frida Kahlo shows up on a 3-D shirt card.

Hanging Out by Betsy Manning. (Stamp credits: Woman, T-shirts—KARV'D, basket—unknown.)

awesome add ons

OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD STAMP ART. Welcome to Fantasy Land, where gnomes, fairies and mermaids fill scenes and a pop-up card. A leprechaun struts his stuff and a mysterious "Figure in Yellow" holds a pitcher and flower. Artists creating the scenes and cards in this section explain their stamping techniques.

Fairies Stay Up ’til Dawn by Jackie Grace. (Stamp credits: Sun, little mushrooms—RubberMoon; dead tree—Beeswax; large cherry tree—PSX; small trees—Inkadinkado; all others—Fairie Village set by Highlander Celtic Stamps.)

pattern pizzazz

QUICK CARDS. In Mark Jetton's world, behind every cloud there's a chocolate-loving pig who knows just the right thing to say on a sympathy cards. Three easy-to-make and easy-to-adapt cards are shown and techniques described in this column. Mark is the owner and creative force behind Deadbeat Designs in Salado, Texas.

Chocolate by Mark Jetton. (Stamp credits: All—Deadbeat Designs.)

Stamping the Light

CARD SHOPPE. Two cards—one for a birthday and one for new neighbors—are featured in this issue's column. For the birthday card, not shown here, stamper Andrea Robert was able to cover up flaws in a damaged stamp. Joyce Owen used watercolor pencils to shade the various houses in her scene.

Welcome Home by Joyce Owen. (Stamp credits: Family homes—Stampendous; trees—Northwoods Rubber Stamps; sun—Crackerbox Palace.)


The Spring 2018 issue also includes:

• Tips & Techniques. A fresh look at two popular techniques—stenciling with stencil paste and resist.

• Small but Mighty. Linda Berge's miniature scenes are charming and appreciative of the ordinary. Calendar pages, a simple seascape and a Spring card are shown.

• Turning Beta Tape into Art. Renaissance Woman Lori Macedone comes up with a way to transfer images using out-of-date VHS tape.

• Think Small, Dream Big. A group of Artist Trading Cards with messages that declare: "She has fire in her soul" and "Be who you want to be." Another asks: "Who loves you baby?" Find the answer in this issue.

• Air Mail Artwork. Make your own envelopes. A template and step-by-step instructions are included with the story.

• Fantastic Farm Album
. Stampers honor tractors, eggplants, cows, pigs and more in scenes from the heart of the country.

• Dream Canvases. The Reinker describes new products from Faber Castell.

• Stamp Store Guide. A list of stores in the USA and Canada.

• Best New Stamper. Nancy Fehlinger lets her best self shine in her stamp art.

• Cover Artist. Gina McCreary’s simple idea turned into a flight of fancy.

• Papermaking in Bhutan. Pat Schultz travels to South Asia, where she take photos in a papermaking factory.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Fairie Song, Heartfelt Creations, Gelly Roll pens from Sakura and "You Can" from Jacquard.

• Looking Ahead. It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM. You'll find all the information you need in this column or by clicking We look forward to seeing what you’ve stamped!

• RSM Bulletin Board. Find a pen pal, ask for birthday greetings, enter a contest, read stamp company news, join a swap—all this and more in the RSM Bulletin Board.