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Issue arrival time:
Spring: Early February
Summer: Early May
Fall: Early August
Holidays: Early November
STAMPING ALL YEAR LONG
Our new book, Stamping All Year Long, will arrive from the printer shortly. Glorious rubber stamp artwork starts in January and runs all the way through December. Holiday greeting cards, calendar pages, scenes from all four seasons fill over 100 pages. Stampers from all over the world stamped all year long to bring you this book. We hope you enjoy it—all year long! Consider it as a Christmas present for your favorite stamper—or yourself. Click here to order a copy.
The dates for sending in artwork for upcoming themes are incorrect on the Looking Ahead page of the Holidays issue. NOTE: Women of the World and Out To Sea artwork needs to be postmarked by Dec. 10. Blue and Spooky artwork by March 10. Here's a link to a PDF file with correct dates for all 2016 themes. View Poster with Dates by clicking here. Sorry about that!
Best New Stamper
Jackie Grace is this issue's Best New Stamper. Her excellent holidays artwork was the first submission she'd ever sent to RSM. You can be a Best New Stamper, too. The only requirement is that you haven't previously had your art published in the magazine. Check our Facebook page for a photo of Jackie and some information about her.
The Holidays issue includes information about a new company, Red Handed Rubber Stamps. The company's focus is on mail art and postal imagery. Owner Jennie Hinchcliff says, "Nothing makes me happier than decorating an envelope with rubber stamped, mail art manifestos!" Here's more about this fun company:
Owner and image designer Jennie Hinchcliff enthusiastically began her wholesale company in the spring of 2014, meticulously designing, pressing, trimming, and placing each deeply-etched, red rubber image on hand-cut maple blocks. A mail-art aficionado from a very young age, Jennie is on a quest to help fill the world’s mailboxes with colorful and fun stamped art.
Red Handed Rubber sports a tag line which nudges stampers to “get caught red handed,” and one glance at Jennie’s line of images will encourage stampers to do just that! Red Handed Rubber offers an eclectic blend of images that work well both outside and inside snail mail envelopes.
Jennie, who has a Master of Fine Arts degree, asks herself two questions when creating images for her company: "Would I want this stamp in my collection?" and "Would I dream about it at night?" If the answer is a resounding 'yes!' to both questions, then into the mix it goes. Right now, Jennie considers a stamp that encourages you to "Read More Books" as the company's signature image. Jennie is currently the editor of a zine entitled Red Letter Day—she believes "every day should be a red letter day." (Visit redletterdayzine.wordpress.com.)
Her advice for stampers of all ages is "never stop stamping! Collect images that make you happy. There's no 'wrong' way to rubber stamp. Make. Send. Repeat!"
At the time of writing, Red Handed Rubber sells only to brick-and-mortar stores. "I’ve recently had a lot of interest from stampers who would like to purchase our images via an online storefront, and I’m looking into that option," she notes. Visit redhandedrubberstamps.wordpress.com. Write Red Handed Rubber Stamps, P.O. Box 170271, San Francisco, CA 94117; e-mail email@example.com; for Instagram connections use redhanded-rubberstamps.
Red Handed Rubber owner Jennie Hinchcliff.