joy to the world

JOY TO THE WORLD. This is a season for spreading light and peace, as well as sharing. Stampers provide holiday cheer with delightful and unusual tags, perfect to add to a wrapped present or place on a tree. Nineteen spirited tags can be seen on the cover and inside this issue.

It’s All Downhill by Bryn Milner-Carey. (Stamp credit: Bear on sled—Magenta.)

awesome add ons

AWESOME ADD-ONS. There are more ways to embellish stamp art than you can shake a stick at. In fact, there's both a stick and a wishbone featured on cards in this section. For a less organic touch, stampers also added stickers, charms, sequins, enamel dots and Flower Soft to their creations. See how you can embellish your stamp art and get stand-out results.

Let It Snow by Karen Sessions. (Stamp and product credits: Scroll background—Penny Black; clouds—CI Stamping; snowflake—Recollections; 12x12-inch canvas, snow rub-on transfer, adhesive Dew Dots—The Robin’s Nest; Blue Mist—Tattered Angels; white texture paste, Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue, Liquid Pearls Dimensional Paint, Glossy Accents—Ranger; tacky glue—Aleene’s.)

pattern pizzazz

PATTERN PIZZAZZ. Kick your background stamping up a notch and learn how to create plaid backgrounds with just a few stamps and directions from Sue Wichman of DRS Designs. Sue's easy-to-follow technique will turn you into a plaid-making expert. Four seasonal cards are featured.

Autumn is Calling by Janett Ray for DRS. (Stamp credits: All images—DRS Designs.)

Stamping the Light

STAMPING THE LIGHT. Expert stamper Rebecca Stiles is fascinated with light and shadow. Each of the five pieces in this artist profile transport you to a serene and graceful world full of beautiful images. Rebecca's stamping skill didn't happen over night. Her advice for new stampers is: "Look at someone else's work. Look at the shading and copy, copy, copy what you see." You might want to start by looking at Rebecca's work in this issue.

Hello Moon by Rebecca Stiles. (Stamp credits: Village—Stamp Cabana; pine trees in center (partial)—Stampabilities; ice skater—Portfolio; others—unknown.)


The Holidays 2017 issue also includes:

• Abstract Stamp Art. An exciting stamp line from RubberMoon mixes abstract art forms and rubber stamps. Company owner Kae Pea shared ways to use her special stamp line called Stampstracts at a class held at The Queen’s Ink in Savage, Maryland.

• Embossing Queens. Four different styles of embossing are on display in this column, as well as an invitation to enter a contest. The winner will receive a selection of WOW! embossing powders and a special carrying case.

• Best Christmas Wishes. A fresh look at the red, white, green (and pink!) of Christmas with five charming cards.

• Think Small, Dream Big. A group of Artist Trading Cards with messages that declare: "She has fire in her soul" and "Be who you want to be." Another asks: "Who loves you baby?" Find the answer in this issue.

• Stamping the Night and Day Away at Stampaway. Two pages of photos from a three-day stamp show held in Sharonville, Ohio.

• Winter Galleria. Scenes share the great beauty of this season. Let it snow, let it snow . . .

• Stamp Store Guide. A list of stores starting at Juneau, Alaska, and winding up in Orilla, Ontario, Canada, with plenty of stores in between.

• Best New Stamper. Nancy Holman earns this issue's honor for her first published submission in RSM. Nancy had never submitted anything before . . . anywhere. We’re glad she took the plunge.

• The Cover Artists. Four different stampers created six beautiful gift tags for this issue's cover: Linda Berge, Joyce Owen, Roxanne X. Marker and Joannie Hooper.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Hanko Designs, MSE! (My Sentiments Exactly!) and CAS-ual Fridays.

• 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 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.