black and white

Black & WhIte Plus One Color. Limitations encourage resourcefulness. Stampers were asked to create artwork using black, white, and one color. They came up with impressive results shown in this issue. Topics range from fashionable ladies to cats in trouble and elephants on parade.

Elephant Mandala by Michael Strong. (Stamp credits: All—Michael Strong Rubber Stamps.)

days gone by

Days Gone By.Whether we refer to them as the good old days, back in the day, or times past, there’s a certain fondness and nostalgia for simpler times. Artwork on this theme takes us on a pleasant journey, recalling memories from the past.

Time Flies by Brenda Clark. (Woman—Hero Arts; hearse—Neato Stuff; clock—Sugarloaf Products; biplane—Rubber Stampede; Time Flies—Sandy Lion; carriage—Pressum; wings—unknown.)


The Great Stamped Wall. Carl Gombert doesn't shy away from big projects. Last summer he stamped—with help from an intern—a 40-foot mural for the Town Square area of Coulter Grove Intermediate School. Numerous mandalas include images of Mickey Mouse, butterflies, Mr. Spock, soccer balls and rubber stamps themselves. And that's just the tip of the rubber iceberg.

Detail from Stamped Mural by Carl Gombert.

gelli plate

Gelli Plate Creations. Nancie Waterman explains in detail how to make prints using gelli plates. "Gelli printing is fun!" she reports and goes on to describe how you, too, can become a fan of this inexpensive monoprinting system.

Happy Art is a piece made with a gel plate by Terri Sproul. (Stamp credits: Background images—Sin City Stamps, letters—Terri’s own line carried by Sin City Stamps.)


The Summer 2015 issue also includes: 

• Resist Techniques. The Reinker shares the first in a series of Technique Challenge submissions. This one focuses on Stencil Resist and Gesso Resist sent in by Margaret Hubbard.

• Camping and Stamping. Members of the BIO Scenic Stamping group were given a tent image and asked to come up with a scene. A-camping they did go!

• A Bird for All Seasons. Anne Sagor shows how to transform images with colored pencils. Her hummingbirds are ready to fly off the page.

• Matchbox Marvels. A group of stampers take on a challenge to turn tiny matchboxes into mini-masterpieces. They succeed masterfully.

• Stamping in the U.K. The UK Stamping Network brings stampers together by mail and the Internet. It all started when Mickey Woodcock started looking for some companionship when going to stamp shows.

• Jambalaya's Stamping Adventure. Vicki Blancq is the owner of Jambalaya's Stubby Stampers. She and her husband cook rubber in "The Big Easy."

• Quick Cards. Greetings for grads and patriots stamped by Karen Dixon. A trio of "House Mice" cheerily sing "O Say Can You See." Her graduation card sports a mortarboard tassel.

• Calendar. Conventions and events around the U.S.A., with photos from two Heirloom shows, one in Lawrenceville, Georgia, another in Grapevine, Texas.

• Best New Stamper. Meet Margaret Hubbard, a stamper with 20-years experience who loves to learn new techniques.

• Spotlight. Reviews of StampaFe, Jim Stephan's Rubber Art Ink, RubberHedghog and JackBear Rubber Stamps. JackBear carves each of his stamps individually.

• Cover Artist. Linda Accuosti remembers summer sunsets and times her children played at a local lake, fishing, swimming and having a wonderful time.

• 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

• 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.