Winter Trees

Winter Trees.
Eleven artfully stamped scenes are a testament to our love for trees. Not all of the scenes include snow or feature holiday events. Nevertheless, each one has a special meaning, just right to warm our hearts at this holiday season. Gina McCreary describes her scene this way: "This kid, who's supposed to deliver some goodies, apples and cookies, looks confused and lost with so many choices of Christmas trees around him. What a hard decision!" Her artwork was colored with Copic markers.

Bringing Home the Tree by Gina McCreary. (Stamp credits: Big Christmas tree—Hero Arts; kid, small tree—Stampendous.)
Playing with Tags

Playing with Tags. Stampers transformed tags in a variety of shapes and sizes, creating artwork that's sometimes unexpected, sometimes amusing, and always a joy to experience. Sharing techniques and inspiration, this section may have you joining the tag-making bandwagon. Shown here are two tags among the 13 featured. The tags send colorful and positive messages. Tag on!

Express Yourself by Wanda Hentges. (Stamp credits: All from a set designed by Clare Lloyd for PaperArtsy; dots in background—PaperArtsy stencil.) Have a great day by Sue Wisniewski. (Stamp credits: All—Just for Fun.)

Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes.
Five cards—ranging in style from cartoon to classy—are included in this issue's Card Shoppe column. Each card is described in detail, with steps on how it was made. The card shown here was made with just one stamp, artfully colored by the artist. "This was the most challenging card front I have ever made," noted Joyce Fitzgerald. After trying embossing and other techniques she finally resorted to double inking the stamp with two different ink pads. This gave me the dark image and sharp detail I was looking for."

Three Wise Men by Joyce Fitzgerald. (Stamp credit: Wise men—Inkadinkado [EK Success/Simplicity].)

Wonders of Winter

The Wonders of Winter. Brrrr. Temperatures are dropping and winter is just around the corner. Snowflakes will fall and the ground will be covered with a blanket of pure whiteness. Carol Sutter lives in Kalispell, Montana, and appreciates the season's beauty. She offers helpful techniques for creating snow scenes in this Winter Galleria. For example, she explains that "Many people will try to color winter foliage the same as they would the other seasons. However, instead of using lime-green shades as you would use for leaves in the spring, go for more of the blue-green shades of green when coloring in a winter scene. Don’t be afraid to use dark blues and light blues as well."

A Sparkling Winter's Morn by Carol Sutter. (Stamp credits: All—Sutter Stamps.)


The Holidays 2016 issue also includes:

• Brainstorming with Stamps. Aja McTyre of Douglasville, Georgia, describes her stamping style this way: "I tend to stick to basic stamping. I use die cuts and embossing folders, but I don't really do a lot of fancy stuff." Check out this "non-fancy" stamper's wonderful creations.

• Adventures with Washi. Tips on how to use washi tape as a decorative accent to cards.

• Let's Be Koi. Steps for making a paper scroll. The example by Anna Justice includes hand-carved images of koi, leaves and rocks.

• Quick Cards. Bibi Lindahl, owner of the stamp company Rubber Dance, shares simple ways to make fun cards. There's a special offer for two free stamps with orders, when the customer mentions the article in RSM. Visit

• Tips & Techniques. We've still got the blues, showcasing three lovely cards sent in for last issue's BLUE theme. These cards include unusual elements—tulle and paint chips.

• Playing with Tags. Thirteen artists share varied visions and techniques incorporated into their charming tags.

• A Family that Stamps Together. The Reinker column spreads holiday cheer with cards made by three sisters.

• Best New Stamper. Gloria Waro is this issue's Best New Stamper. A card sent to RSM with her subscription renewal earned her this honor.

• The Cover Artist. Brenda Clark uses winter's cold to craft a heartwarming scene—perfect for this issue's cover.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Stamp Store Guide. Four pages with helpful information on stores in the USA and Canada.

• Spotlight. Reviews of S and C Memories, The Peddler's Pack, Stacy Stamps, Stamp Francisco, Stamplistic.

• 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.