A love of nature and a taste for travel help Joy Judd craft sweeping landscapes with abundant details.

Joy, who lives in Auckland, New Zealand, explains: “I started stamping when my children were little. This was in the 1990s. Then there was a very long break from stamping, until about three years ago, when I decided to clean out my hobby collection and donate all my old stamping stuff to charities. In the process of cleaning out, I came across a brochure from Stampscapes which involved scenic stamping. I was intrigued and set about learning the techniques involved.”

“I love to travel and find different parts of the world interesting and inspiring.” she says. ”And I’m also deeply inspired by nature.”

One of Joy’s favorite locations is the American Southwest. “I am so inspired by this classic scenery,” she says. Southwestern Train was inspired by my childhood train trips. “My father worked for the railways, so we nearly always went on holiday, usually to visit family, by train.”

She started with her basic technique of stamping images in black ink. “Every image that has an image behind it is masked. For the small images, she used the liquid mask—she stamped and cut the larger images out of Eclipse masking paper.

“The mountains have two layers, and the pueblo huts have two or three.” She kept them masked while adding dye-based ink colors to the sky. To duplicate the colors of the Southwestern sky, she dragged the ink across the scene with her stylus tool.

The train track was added with a little ingenuity and some help from her husband, Ken. He and Joy used a long scrap piece of red rubber cut from the edge of a whole plate of stamps. They then used the piece as a guide to draw in the train tracks by hand.

Southwestern Train by Joy Judd.
(Stamp credits: Sentiment—Stampscapes; mountain range, canyon wall, pueblo, Sioux maiden in blanket, desert ground, Yucca cactus terrain, flowering Yucca, cactus silhouette, saguaro, steer skull, locomotive, crow silhouette, rocks and pebbles—Makin’ a Scene/Peddlers Den; eagle—FONZ.)