Stamp Tip

50+ Stamp Tips. There’s a camaraderie and generous willingness among stampers and crafters to share artwork, cool techniques and new products. In this article you'll find handy tips that can raise your stamping IQ to new heights. Tips focus on embellishments, sewing, embossing, painting and more.

Embellishments, adding twine and a splatter background. Card by Wanda Hentges. (Stamp credits: All—PaperArtsy.)


Even Stampers Get the Blues. Feeling blue? Artwork sent in for the Blue theme will surely cheer you up. There's a wardrobe full of blue dresses—pick one and you're ready for a night on the town. There's a youngster happily swinging the blues away. You'll howl with the blue owl, blue cat and four women who know all about "Blue-free Living." And that's not all!

Blue-free Living by Denise Oleson. (Stamp credits: Women on couch—Art Impressions; wall-paper dots—Stampin’ Up!; large round rug (outside edge)—Scallop Circle Die by Sizzix; inside rug—Inkadinkado; floor—hand-drawn.)

Halloween Spooky

Halloween Spooky. We like being scared, but not too scared, and this issue’s Spooky section is not too scary. We promise artwork including ghosts, goblins, vampires, Drac and Frankenstein won't send you hiding under the covers. Take a look!

I Don't Do Mornings by Carol Chiaramonte. (Stamp credits: Skeleton—Meer Image; swirl—Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous; I don't do mornings—Memory Box; shadow stamp—Impress Rubber Stamps.)

Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature. The Tips & Techniques column includes two beautiful examples of cards inspired by nature. One artist, who lives in Alaska, is surrounded by majestic beauty. The other lives in Niles, Illinois, next door to a forest preserve.

Moose in the Woods by Roxanne Marker. (Stamp credits: All—RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps.)


The Fall 2016 issue also includes:

• The Bird is the Word. One bird stencil creates three very different and very beautiful cards.

• Art Journaling. Join Reinker Jackie Shenise for a visit to the "creative zone," as she describes techniques Nanci Ring incorporated on art journal pages.

• Every Day's a Holiday. Celebrate the calendar's most unusual holidays with stamper Cean Schoph. There's "Cupcake Day, " Name Tag Day,” and "Cow Milked While Flying in an Airplane Day." And that's just the tip of the milk container.

• Stamping in Style. Denise Oleson developed (and shares) beautiful techniques to make hat cards worthy of Coco Chanel.

• Wonderland of Art. Corrie Herriman of The Netherlands is inspired by Alice in Wonderland to create wonderful stamp art. Corrie shares excellent background-making techniques in this story.

• The Card Shoppe. A Halloween matchbox—complete with chocolate treat—and an amazing die-cut card are featured in this column.

• Mail Art Celebration. Robin Moore has had pen pals since the 4th grade and she continues to share ATCs with friends and family. Read about Robin's unusual Index-Card-A-Day Project, as well as other ways she keeps stamping fresh and lively.

• Best New Stamper. Deb Domick was inspired by nature in her artwork featured—for the first time—in this issue. We were inspired to name her Best New Stamper.

• Photo Gallery. Linda Accuosti visits the Springfield, Massachusetts, Stamp Show and snaps photos of vendors and stampers.

• Cover Artist. "Since Halloween is my favorite [holiday], of course I have the most stamps for it," explains cover artist Susan Shuler. She goes on to describe the process used to create her cover art—a tour de force of ghostly apparitions.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

Rubber Stamp Companies. Two-plus pages of Internet companies ready to serve you.

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

• Spotlight. Reviews of Rubbernecker, Deep Red Stamps, Newton's Nook and CC Designs.

• 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.