pocket letters

Pocket Letters. Pocket Letters™ were started by Janette Lane, who trademarked the name and maintains a website called pocketlettershop.com. Inspired by Becky Higgins Project Life®, these fun projects are built around a nine-pocket plastic page protector. Pockets are filled with ATCs in front and goodies in back. Each sheath can be folded in thirds and placed in a standard number 10 business envelope, ready to mail to a friend or relative.

Invitation to Friends. A section of Roni Johnson's Pocket Letter artwork. (Stamp credits: All images—Deep Red Stamps.)

out to sea

Out to Sea. There's no lack of adventure and beauty above and under the sea. Along with creating stamp art with mermaids, fish, coral and sea-worthy vessels, the artists interviewed for this section provide tips for stamping large images and creating backgrounds with Color Burst powders.

Sailing Ship by Aja McTyre. (Stamp credit: Ship—unknown. Background created with Color Burst powders.)

The Card Shoppe

The Card Shoppe. For Blake Higgins of Tucson, Arizona, card-making inspiration begins with the paper. "I guess I'm addicted to paper as so many of us stampers are," she says. "I’m always looking and if something catches my eye I just have to buy it. It could be years before I actually use it, though." One of Blake's cards featured in this column puts the viewer in the perspective of a beach goer. "I remembered buying the rubber stamp with the feet in the sand at a convention. I thought it would tie in with the umbrella cardstock."

Lazy Days by Blake Higgins. (Stamp credits: Lazy Days of Summer—Magenta; feet in the sand—Bungarus.)

Women of the World

Women of the World. Any time women come together with a collective intention, it's a powerful thing . . . magic happens. —Phylicia Rashad. That's just what happened when 11 stamp artists used their considerable creativity to express some of that magic. "Motorcycle Woman," "Another Day in Navaho Land," "Looking Ahead" and "Believe in Yourself" are just four of the fabulous pieces in this section.

Another Day in Navajo Land by Barbara Gibbons. (Stamp credits: Women and child on horse, woman carrying sheep—Stamp Art; sheep by woman’s skirt—The Stamping Place; sheep and dog—Highlander Celtic; weeks—Beeswax and Stampscapes; ground texture—Stampscapes; butte with stone pillars on left—Stamps Galore; square butte on right—Beeswax; central hills and buttes—unknown.)


The Summer 2016 issue also includes:

• Incredible Collage. Gabrielle Gern of Switzerland combines images in unexpected ways.

• Terrific Turquoise. The Reinker focuses on one of her favorite colors, showcasing three beautiful cards and two neat background techniques.

• Birthday Bliss. Lisa Hom crafted a special a pop-up card for a friend, complete with candles and meaningful fortune cookie sayings.

• Travel Album. Adventure awaits in this collection of stamp art that takes you high in the sky, on a camel ride and to the middle of Sydney Harbor—along with other neat destinations.

• Here's Waldo. A charming board book tells the story of Waldo the Warbler, who's looking for friends.

• Tips & Techniques. Stampers Leslie Turner and Irit Shalom add dimensional elements to their artwork. Learn how Leslie's greeting card and Irit's tile artwork were created.

• Stamp Tour. Jackie Shenise travels to Hamburg, New York, to report on a fun- and stamp-filled show organized by StampScrapArtTour.

• Best New Stamper. Jane Luxem isn't new to stamping, but her first submission to RSM earned her a gift certificate to the RSM Store.

• Cover Artist.Stamping is a business for Fran Seiford, owner of Stampendous, whose colorful stamp art fills this issue's cover. Read about Fran, Stampendous and her new book, Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z, in the Cover Artist profile.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Stamp Store Locator. Find stores in the U.S.A. and Canada using this five-page list.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Stamping Sensations, Touché Rubber Stamps, Dog Stamps Plus, and Gentle Creations (aka Stickerville).

• 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 find 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.