joy to the world

THE GREAT BEYOND. The issue's science-fiction theme shares stampers' visions of new worlds, futuristic scenes, new beings, and new life-forms. Two sci-fi classic characters also make an appearance—Mr. Spock and Godzilla—much to our delight. Find out what lurks beneath, above, and all around when exploring "The Great Beyond."

Abducted by Aliens by Nancy Fehlinger. (Stamp credits: Pine trees, grass tufts, dirt—Stampin’ Up!; spaceship—Rubber Soul; Abducted by . . ., Martian woman—Mail Expressions; lady with stamp—Rubber Stamps of America; people—American Art Stamps; others—unknown.)


awesome add ons

RUBBER ROUND-UP. Stampers responded to the call to stamp "outside the box," with circles, triangles, rhomboids and other unusually-shaped artwork. See examples of ATCoins, a new trading craze similar to ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), only this time traded items are 2.5-inch circles. In addition to circles, one stamper beautifully placed her image within an oval framed with origami papers.

Your Kindness by Darcy Mollett. (Stamp credits: A Safe Place by Elizabeth Hazen. (Stamp credits: Tree—Blue Knight Rubber Stamps; raccoon—Abracadabra Stamps.)



pattern pizzazz

HOLIDAYS ARE FOR THE BIRDS. Learn how to make a Star Book, with directions and supply suggestions from Lisa Hom. Her book features "Crazy Birds" from the Tim Holtz collection. A top-down view, page close up, and suggested paper-size templates are included.

Valentine Page and Top View of Star Book by Lisa Hom. (Stamp credits: Crazy Bird, Feb. 14—Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous; little bird—Craft Smart/Michael’s.)

Stamping the Light

WHATEVER THE DAY BRINGS. The issue's Card Shoppe column features four fun cards by Robin Francini, who loves different stamping styles. Her inspirations, she says come from "clothing patterns, the exterior paint on houses I drive by during the day, and the beautiful color of a flower in my garden." The card shown here was inspired by things she has in common with "trash pandas."

Trash Panda by Robin Francini. (Stamp credits: Raccoon, trash—Kindred Stamps.)


The Spring 2019 issue also includes:

• Friends are Forever. Special cards for special friends are shared in The Reinker.

• Tips & Techniques. Scenic stamping specialist Tonya Weakley teaches a mini-class on basic masking and scene-building.

• Gelli Plate Gladness. Fabulous backgrounds, as well as stamping options abound when you start with a gelatin plate. Christina Hecht shares "monoprint basics," along with step-by-step examples of making a gelli-print background.

• Marvelous Mermaid Galleria. The watery denizens of the deep inspire stamp art that will have you holding your breath.

• Short Takes. A potpourri of stamp news, including "Butterfly Magic" for a Cosplay costume, encouragement to enter stamp art in state and local fairs, photos from Friends at HeArt Stampers, and a class with Rebecca Stiles. Corinne Rollet remembers and honors a special friend.

• Best New Stamper. Chris Lynch of Kodiak, Alaska, is this issue's Best New Stamper. Chris loves bugs and it shows on her card in the Looking Ahead column.

• Cover Artist. Marsha Young tackled a big scenic piece and a night scene for the first time. The result is this issue's cover art. Read about Marsha and her appreciation for stamps—even those remaining on shelves—in the Cover Artist profile.

• The Calendar. A list of upcoming stamp events.

• Spotlight. Reviews of JC Casey, MadRat Rubber and STAMPlorations images and supplies.

• 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.