birthday greetings
Stampers are avid birthday card makers and senders. They probably receive a lot of birthday cards themselves, too. An awesome number of "Special Day" cards arrived at RSM for this theme. Each card offers a different take on birthday celebrations. The one shown here is reminiscent of a party for youngsters. See Birthday Greetings in the current issue to learn how this card was made, as well as eight others.

Monster Birthday by Gina McCreary. (Stamp and product credits: Monsters—Technique Tuesday; background paper—The Paper Studio.)
black birds

BLACK BIRDS. Halloween wouldn't be the same without our friendly, neighborhood black birds. These "birds of a feather" come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some wear strange hats and puff on stogies. Others dress like divas. Come October, look for them in your neighborhood. Right now, look for them on the pages of the current issue.

Crime Scene Crows by Roxanne Y. Marker. (Stamp credits: All images—RubberHedgehog Rubber Stamps.)

fancy folds

. Susan Tollers, owner of Touché Rubber Stamps, shares easy-to-follow directions on how to combine four envelopes into a special card. Each envelope connects with another and can hold little gifts or special notes. A ribbon, yarn or jute will tie everything together.

Happiness Envelopes by Susan Tollers. (Stamp credits: All images—Touché Rubber Stamps.)

The Reinker

THE REINKER. Columnist Jackie Shenise highlights basic Brusho Crystal techniques. These highly pigmented watercolor crystals are acid-free and non-toxic. They allow stampers to create unusual—and sometimes unpredictable—backgrounds.Three accomplished stampers share their own special ways of adapting Brusho Crystals for their stamp art.

Delightful Dinosaur by Rhonda Sarcone. (Stamp and die cut credits: Volcano—Starving Artistamps; dinosaur and Celebrate! die cuts—Tessler Stamps and Stencil Company.)


The Fall 2017 issue also includes:

• Stamping Outside the Box. Two stampers share their expertise in making box cards. These "pop-out" cards fold neatly into a #10 envelope for mailing. They can be adapted for holidays, birthdays—just about anything. Lisa Hom's box showcases Asian imagery. Lynne Werle’s box has a Halloween focus. Templates are included within the story.

• Animal Stories. Meet Earth Art International’s Sue Coccia, the designer of a multitude of detailed animal images. Along with her company's stamp line, Sue's images can be found on t-shirts, jewelry, wooden shapes, eyeglasses and more. Earth Art has also published two coloring books. An interview with Sue provides insight into her company’s ever-expanding network.

• Tips & Techniques. Fashioning faux-leather backgrounds is made easy thanks to step-by-step instructions from Pat Schulz.

• Autumn Sonata. Three stampers depict the beauty of fall in this two-page album of stamp art.

• Mini-Masterpieces. Learn how Sherry Morley fashions ATCs that stand up, fold out and make a great impression. Your ATCs can do the same.

• Car Shoppe. Get your motor runnin' while reading about stamped cards by Lin Metcalf and Terri Scalise Hamm. These artists know to make their rubber meet the road.

• Raindrops Keep Falling. An album of art about rain—including "poodles " of rain, a storm above Houston, and the proverbial stormy day when "it's raining cats and dogs."

• Best New Stampers. With 10 possible "Best New Stampers" in this issue, the field was narrowed down to two—Julia Derr and Mary Anne Milak. Read all about them and their love of rubber arts.

• The Cover Artist. Nadia Bayazitov aims for depth in her underwater cover art. A magnificent mermaid peers out nonchalantly, as fish and seahorses sail by.

• Short Takes. Convention pins, a yogurt lid turned into a heart, directions for making a Washi tape dispenser and more in this occasional column.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of Stampers Anonymous, Zum Gali Gali, Whimsy Stamps and Victorine.

• 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.