Winter Trees
The art of making and trading ATCs has grown as a hobby and a way for stampers to form social groups and easily share their art with one another through the mail. Seventeen stampers who make and trade ATCs share tools and techniques they use to transform tiny canvases into tradable works of art.

Walking Girl by Patty Day (Stamp credit: Heart Fairy—American Art Stamps.) The Nice Nurse by Denise Oleson. (Stamp credits: Nurse, text—Art Impressions; tiled floor—Dylusions.)

DOWN ON THE FARM. Join us for a scenic farm tour, complete with chickens, ponies, sheep, hay bales, windmills and a Kewpie or two. One imaginative stamper included cows already marked for the butcher shop in her scene. Another honored round barns and exaggeration postcards.

We Grow 'em Bigger in Wisconsin by Louise Coates. (Stamp credits: Tractor with potato—Ken Brown Stamps; round barn—Stamping Sensations; pile of potatoes—100 Proof Press; large grass—Beeswax; small grass clump—Stamps by Judith; flying geese (partial)—Stampscapes.)

southern hospitality

Judy Duke, co-owner of B & J's Art Stamps, is an accomplished stamper. In this feature Judy describes how she created five wonderful pieces of art. She also tells how she and her husband, Bobby, decided to start their company.

Desert Path by Judy Duke. (Stamp credits: All—B & J's Art Stamps.)

Wonders of Winter

THE CARD SHOPPE. Seagull images from Door County Rubber Stamps inspired a series of seasonal cards. Coordinating papers add interest to the scenes created by stamping enthusiast Donna Kessler-Schutte.

Gull-orius Card by Donna Kessler-Schutte. (Stamp credits: All—Door County Rubber Stamps.)


The Summer 2017 issue also includes:

• Blue Revisited. A rhapsodic second look at a recent and popular theme: "Even Stampers Get the Blues." This time six accomplished artists provide blue-ish artwork that's sure to inspire and not make anyone feel blue.

• Making a Splash. Splash Ink, a product developed by Karen Elaine Parsons, enables you to blend beautiful background colors that really make a splash.

• Laughing with Lin. Learn more about talented stamper Lin Metcalf, her love of colored pencils and her kooky brand of humor that radiates through her stamp art.

• Tag Shoppe. Tags are "tiny territories with a huge impact!" Linda Accuosti explains how she fashioned three artful tags. Sue Reznak provides a template and instructions for making a shadowbox frame, a perfect way to add even more impact to your artwork.

• Quick Cards. Simple cards with a beach theme.

• Just My Style. The Reinker features cards by two stampers. One might be called a "no style" stamper, while the other an "evolving style" stamper. Which one are you?

• Step Right Up! Barbara Gibbons' latest creative adventure is making collapsible step cards. "These cards are really easy to make and impressive to send," she says. Learn how you, too, can make step cards.

• Best Stamp Stores. Helpful information about stores in the USA and Canada, along with photos from Artsy Stamps & Paper, Viva Las VegaStamps! and Let’s Create.

• Best New Stamper. Shawn Harcrow, stamping since 1997, earns this issue's honors with her farm scene.

• The Cover Artist. This issue's six (6!) cover artists tell big stories on little surfaces. Learn how they fashioned their special ATCs.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Beeswax, Paper Smooches and Local King Rubber Stamps.

• 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.