jeweled treasures

The Art of Collage. Fabulous artwork from Germany, the U.K., Poland, the U.S.A. and Canada are featured. Each artist shares tips and techniques to assist in making your own collage art. Several talk about achieving balance. Roni Johnson, who wrote a book about collage says: "Go for it! For so many people the hardest part is the first step. While you may not conquer collage with your first attempt, you’ve got to start somewhere. As long as you’re having fun and enjoying the process, art is never wrong. Do what you like and the rest will come with time."

Haute Couture by Roni Johnson. (Credits: Chandelier silhouette, all dress forms, Haute Couture sentiment, fashion tickets set, fashion pump, sewing kit stamp set—Deep Red Stamps; women in photograph—from Altered Pages collage sheet.)

music to our ears

Ghosties on Parade. Whether you call them ghosts, spooks, specters, phantoms, poltergeists or apparitions, manifestations of otherworldly spirits have long fascinated—and haunted—the living. Based on the artwork featured in this section, it’s apparent that many ghosts aren't all that different from "real" people. Debbie O'Connor's ghost has trouble deciding what to wear. The doors on the armoire you see in her artwork actually open up. Inside are several ghostly outfits. Which one will she choose?

What to wear, what to wear . . . by Debbie O’Connor. (Stamp credits: Iron, ironing board—Rubbernecker Stamps; haunted house—Inkadinkado; little ghost—Bunch of Fun; three ghosts—Good Stamps • Stamp Goods; armoire—Stamps N’ More.)

Amazing Acetate

Jessi Cornwell—the Cut-Out Queen.This New England stamper loves to emboss, cut out images and create beautiful cards, many with a Fall theme. Her stamping technique includes lots of embossing and an extremely sharp German-made pair of scissors with two-inch blades.
"I’ll stamp one image on ten different colors of cardstock, then dip whole sheets into big tubs of embossing powder. Mostly I use clear detail EP with black ColorBox ink—I must re-ink that pad twenty times a month," she says.

Magic Leaves by Jessi Cornwell. (Stamp credits: Word “Autumn”—Art Impressions; autumn postoid—Hero Arts; background leaves—Peddler’s Pack; square leaves collage—Rubber Stamps of America; branch border—Stampscapes; small leaf—Fred B. Mullett; medium leaf—A.N.T. Transfer [Magenta]; large leaf—JudiKins.)

frog album

Blogging With the Stars. More and more stampers are going online to create blogs that teach, tell stories and create communities of like-minded followers. Terri Sproul, Holly Mabutus, and Ann Clack are three stampers who take very different approaches, but who all produce blogs that are lively, instructional and fun.

Thanksgiving by Holly Mabutas. (Stamp credits: All—Eat Cake Graphics.)


The Fall 2014 issue also includes: 

• House of Everything. Irit Shalom, an Israeli stamper, created a multi-page and multi-dimensional "Dream" house that honors Adventure, Imagination and Knowledge.

• Her Latest Spell. Sara Hanlon's awesome "star" book is filled with Halloween imagery. One of Sara's goals for this book was to use rubber stamping only—no paper cut-outs. A second goal was not to buy anything new. She reached her goals!

• Thanksgiving Cards. Botanical masterpieces by Carol Chiaramonte.

• Fabric and Feathers. Robin Cornwell, daughter of "Cut-Out Queen" Jessi Cornwell also profiled in this issue, is a stamp artist in her own right. Her specialty is stamping hand-carved designs on fabric.

• Fall Galleria. This issue's Galleria celebrates the season with images of pumpkins, Halloween, Edgar Allan Poe and autumnal postage.

• Reinker: Combining iris folding with stamping is one way to create unusual and beautiful cards. Another is using a simple "water-stamping technique." A cool photo-transfer method is a third way you can liven up your cardmaking.

• Tips & Techniques.Two out-of -this world background techniques are described in this column. One uses Moon Glow Starburst Stains, the other reinkers and shaving cream. Yes, shaving cream! Messy, but fun.

• Spaced Out. An album of science-fiction-inspired stamp art. One piece depicts a "Government experiment gone drastically wrong."

• A Show to Remember. An inside look at the Spring wholesale show presented by TheCollinsGroup in Framingham, Massachusetts. Photos and write-up by Jackie Shenise.

• Short Takes.Stampers show up in masks, hats and "selfles." Savannah stampers honor a member who passed away.

• Calendar. Conventions and events around the U.S.A.
• Spotlight. Vintage images from Leavenworth Jackson, who celebrates 35-years of stampmaking this year. New and fun images from Eat Cake Graphics and Ducks in a Row. Collage packets are a specialty of SkyBluePink. The Stamp Doctor is always in!

• Cover Artist. Linda Accuosti's cover art combines Halloween and Collage themes.

• Looking Ahead. It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM. Here you'll find all the information you need. We look forward to seeing what you've stamped! A link to online submission information:

• RSM Bulletin Board. 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.