Bringing Home the Tree by Gina McCreary. (Stamp credits: Big Christmas tree—Hero Arts; kid, small tree—Stampendous.)
. 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.)
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].)
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:
. 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.
Tips on how to use washi tape as a decorative accent to cards.
Steps for making a paper scroll. The example by Anna Justice includes hand-carved images of koi, leaves and rocks.
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 http://www.rubberdance.com/
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.
Thirteen artists share varied visions and techniques incorporated into their charming tags.
The Reinker column spreads holiday cheer with cards made by three sisters.
Gloria Waro is this issue's Best New Stamper. A card sent to RSM with her subscription renewal earned her this honor.
Brenda Clark uses winter's cold to craft a heartwarming scene—perfect for this issue's cover.
A list of upcoming stamp events.
Four pages with helpful information on stores in the USA and Canada.
. Reviews of S and C Memories, The Peddler's Pack, Stacy Stamps, Stamp Francisco, Stamplistic.
. It's easy to submit artwork for publication in RSM.You'll find all the information you need in this column or by clicking http://www.rsmadness.com/submissions.html. We look forward to seeing what you’ve stamped!
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