joy to the world

NATURALLY WONDERFUL. Nature is awesome, right? And where would nature be without Birds, Bees, & Bugs? Stampers make nature come alive on the pages of RSM with scenes titled "The Twilight Wedding of Lady Bug and Mr. Beetle," "Mr. Crow's Bad Idea," and "Nesting Robin." Within a peaceful setting, butterflies flutter around a sleeping child, who’s dreaming of a full and happy life. Humorous scenes include "Drone On" and "Are We Bugging You?"

Are We Bugging You? by Aimee Eliason. (Stamp credits: Trees, citrus fruits, bugs, sun—Stampin’ Up!; picnic blanket—JRL Design. Co.)


awesome add ons

BEAUTIFUL BACKGROUNDS. An essential part of stamp art is the background, providing the visual foundation for cards and scenes. Nine stampers share background techniques, along with their well-crafted cards. Clearly, there's no limit to what a background can include. For example, one stamper added tiny images. Another placed Nuvo Expanding Mousse on her cardstock. Another especially unusual background came about when liquid watercolors leaked onto paper towels.

Parrot Paradise by Gabrielle Gern. (Stamp credits: Fern, plant—Hero Arts; map—unknown.)



pattern pizzazz

ARTFUL SCRAPS. Diane Burger wanted to use up scraps of paper from past projects—her bin overfloweth. She shares cards made from her scrap pile that feature an artful use of negative space and an abundance of bright colors. Diane explains, “My main goal is to give the receiver of my cards a smile and a little peppering of joy. She succeeds. Diane shares three of her scrap-filled cards and describes how they were made in this issue’s Card Shoppe.

Polka On! by Diane Burger. (Stamp credits: Frog—Stampin’ Up!; others—unknown.)

Stamping the Light

SETTING THE SCENES. Sandy Hampson uses observation, imagination, and a plethora of stamps to create little slices of life. “You can turn everything into a scene,” she says. “ And you see scenes everywhere. You can be riding along and see birds, and think, ‘Oh, I have a stamp like that’.” The blustery north wind image, in the scene shown here, was one of the first stamps she owned. After 25 years of collecting art supplies—she has plenty to work with now.

Dances with Ducks by Sandy Hampson. (Stamp credits: Girl at left—Sassy Cheryl; girl in center—Tiddly Inks; girl at right—Mo Manning; wind—Toomuchfun Rubber Stamps; bird in boots, ducks—unknown.)



The Summer 2019 issue also includes:

• Illustrating the Word. Bible journaling has become a popular pastime. For the past couple of years, The Paper Forest, a stamp store in Washington, Illinois,has offered classes on this subject. Heidi Stork is the teacher and she encourages her students to “draw attention to the words your heart and mind need most.“

• Artist Trading Coins. A new mini-marvel has popped up among stampers. The well-known format of Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) now has rounded edges. Read about the beginnings of this new, fun-swapping sensation.

• The Joy of Stamping. A self-professed glitter enthusiast and quote junkie, Marsha Young keeps on stamping for one main reason: “It's so fun!"

• Collage Made Simple. Annette Hansen shares numerous collage techniques, starting with the reminder: “Don’t overdo it!”

• The Reinker. Three new coloring tools—Aqua Pastels from Jane Davenport, Scribble Sticks from Dina Wakley, and Water Soluble Oil Pastels are described and illustrated.

• Tips & Techniques. Scenic stamping expert, Tonya Weakley, shares tips about masking, using a moon as her starting point.

• Best New Stamper. Karen Hasheck is this issue's Best New Stamper. Karen’s unusual background card earned her this honor.

• Cover Artist. Gina McCreary’s bug-eyed celebration of summer graces the cover of this issue. “It's like you’re a child,” she says, describing the inspiration for this piece. “You’re playing outside and you’re looking at the bugs and you think, ‘Are the bugs looking at us?’” A photograph shows three early drafts for Gina's cover art.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of York’s Little Art Studio, Purple Daisy Design, and Holly Berry House images and supplies.

• 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 here. 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.