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 Renaissance Woman Lori Macedone comes up with a way to transfer images using out-of-date VHS tape.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 http://www.rsmadness.com/submissions.html. 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.