Eleven stamp artists share their holiday visions. Lois Bak's thoughtful creation is a "center-step" card with a loving message. The card can stand on its own—making it a gift in its own right.
May This Day . . . by Lois Bak. (Stamp credits: All—Mark's Finest Papers and Stamps, a Heinrich Company. )
Travelers often send postcards when visiting far-away and not-so-far-away places. Stampers took up the challenge to create their own postcards. Enjoy views of South Dakota, Florida, Holland, Germany, Maine, Hawaii and more.
South Dakota by Barbara Gibbons. (Stamp credits: Mt. Rushmore—Good Stamps • Stamp Goods; hills and bison on right side—Rubberstamp Ave; bighorn sheep—Coronado Island Design; farm, prairie dogs, grass—Sutter Stamps; large bison—Talkabout Impressions; words—My Heart Stamps for You; mountain in back—Third Coast Rubber Stamps; ferret—Rubber Poet [StampaFe]; hay—River City Rubber Works; South Dakota—computer generated.)
. Making miniature art boxes is easy with instructions and tips from expert stamper Debra Valoff. "“I got some perfume years ago that was in a tiny box. I loved its size, . . . ," she says. A template is included with Debra's instructions.
Shadow Box by Debra Valoff. (Stamp credits: Rubbermoon.)
Stamps, die cuts, embellishments and wonderful paper products form the basis of four cards by Annie Frazer. Christmas being her favorite theme, Frazer admits to having “a ton of Christmas stamps.” However, most of the cards featured here require just one or two images.
Along with these four stories, the Holiday 2013-2014 issue includes:
.You, too, can make and enjoy cookies with stamped designs. An Australian crafter Leah Young shares her picture-perfect method.
Artists collaborate in making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), making friends along the way. JAM stands for "Just Add More."
Carol Thomas is an artist in perpetual motion. She's taken the Steampunk pseudonym Steam Diva and has an outfit to match.
Scenic stamp artist, husband, outdoorsman, mentor and friend, Terry Luper passed on last summer. Friends from the Wildlife and Scenic Yahoo group he started, including Kevin Nakagawa of Stampscapes, tell how much Terry did for scenic stamping and how much they'll miss him.
A Christmas card from Antarctica is pretty special. Thanks to Margaret Tower who traveled there with a copy of RSM and sent a card to prove it.
Stamped pendants and bracelets are the focus for this issue's column by Jackie Shenise.
Holiday greetings created with wonderful images from Touché Rubber Stamps grace this issue's column. Noel, Peace, Let it Snow and Merry Christmas are easy to make and are sure to delight.
How-to instructions for making folded step cards and flip cards are included in this column. It's easy!
Where to find stamps and stamping supplies in the USA and Canada.
Listing of conventions and events across the U.S.A.
Reviews of PhotoPOSTOS, Surfacez (a new ink from Clearsnap), Original Rust from De Stempelwinkel, images from About Art Accents and the book Mixed-Media Master Class by Sherril Kahn.
Brenda Shackelford brings spiritual gifts to her cover artwork. She also shares photos taken during the creative process.
It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM. This column gives all the information you need on how to submit. We look forward to seeing what you've stamped!
Find a pen pal, share a birthday greeting, enter a contest, join a swap—all this and more can be found in the RSM Bulletin Board.