Today is Last Day to Purchase VSN Back Issues!


Reminder: Today (12/30/13) is the VERY LAST DAY that VSN Back Issues will be available in any form (print or pdf). If there are any issues that you still want for your collection, you need to purchase them on the Online Shopping Cart TODAY. All orders placed today will be shipped tomorrow (12/31/13). After that, they are gone. (I won’t be carrying any inventory into 2014!) This is also the last day to purchase the Master Table of Contents or Quick Tips pdfs.

If you plan to order, please note that there are only 0-20 copies of each of the 226 back issues available. The Back Issue Checkoff List shows which issues still have copies available in print. Please check it before placing your order.

Stamped Holiday Ideas Already on Your Bookshelf!

Nancie Waterman's Artwork

(Gingerbread Man: Stamp Clinic)

Looking for ideas for ways to use your stamps for holiday gifts, their wrapping or decorations? You’ve probably already got a bunch of ideas sitting on your bookshelf! Many readers of this blog have a collection of VSN back issues that are full of possibilities and it is still early enough in the season to actually do some of these projects!

Don’t want to have to wade through all 226 issues to find these holiday gems? Not to worry. I’ve got a page on VSN’s website with a Holiday Stamped Gift Ideas Index that will point to the issues you need.

Like the box and tag you see in the picture here? Directions for the box can be found in the Interference Faux Malachite Gift Box blog post and directions for the acrylic tag can be found in the new (free) “Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap” eArticle.

Have fun with your stamps this holiday season!
Nancie, VSN

VSN Weekly Deal – More Stamped Holiday Projects

00Nov VSN Stamped Holiday Projects & Ideas

This week I’ve got another holiday VSN issue pdf with even more Stamped Holiday Projects available for you. This time it is the 00Nov VSN issue. (Last week it was the 00Dec VSN issue.) I am also still looking for artwork submissions for upcoming eArticle Art Challenges, one on “Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap” and the other on “Snow and Ice Ideas For Stamping” (details below.)

This Week’s VSN Weekly Deal:

The newly available pdf version of this classic VSN holiday issue is ON SALE this week for 50% off so you can download it today for just $1.49. (On sale through 11/10/13.)

Nov ’00 VSN (pdf version.) More Stamped Holiday Projects & Ideas
Focus Article:
Want to Use Your Stamps to Make Holiday Decorations or Gifts? The focus article in this issue has lots of ideas for you: Stamped Acrylic Painting, Acrylic Ornaments and Tags, Blinking Art, Jingle Doorknob Hanger, Elegant Paper Gift Boxes, Glittering Acrylic Gift Box, Woodburned Christmas Box, Fiber Embellished Ornaments Created With: Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, Fiber Paper, Woodburned Gourd, Flannel and “Polished Stone” Paper; Snowman Button Cover, Paper Mache’ Wine Box.

Tips: Shrink Plastic Tips, Dove Blender Tips, Pop Bottle Mailer Secrets, Snowy Ideas, Threading Fibers, Mixing Pearl Ex and Gum Arabic, Direct-to-Paper Tips, Homemade Foam stamps, Gold Leafing Overview, Faux Soot Card, UTEE on Parchment.

Also In This Issue:
Class Tips: Radiant Pearls Techniques.
Product Picks: Joy of Stamping Easy Duz It Stamp Cleaner, Hot Potatoes Velvet Ornament Kit  & Resist Paper Cards, Ranger Vintage Inks for the Holidays.
Catalog Review: Whiskey Creek Stamps.
Store Review: Create-N-Ink.
Convention Reports on hot products and demos.

(Issue Length: 44 pg (including cover), b/w & color)



Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap

Challenge yourself to create stamped gift wrap and/or stamped gift tags. Submit your card using Submission Specs. (Email address for submitting artwork is found inside the file!) At least some major project elements must be stamped! (You MUST follow the specs for your artwork to be considered for publication and to be included in the challenge drawing!)

I will include as many as possible in the Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap eArticle (to be published online on 11/20/13.) Two names will be drawn from among those who submit artwork to win their choice of 8 of VSN’s 226 print issues OR a $20 eGift certificate usable on VSN’s Online Shopping Cart. Deadline: Receipt at VSN no later than 11/5/13.

Snow & Ice Ideas For Stamping

Challenge yourself to create a stamped card or other project that includes the look of SNOW or ICE. It could be a snowy stamped scene, a card that looks like a frosty window or some type of stamped snowflakes. Think about ways to create a cold frosty looking card! Submit your card using Submission Specs. (Email address for submitting artwork is found inside the file!) At least some major project elements must be stamped! (You MUST follow the specs for your artwork to be considered for publication and to be included in the challenge drawing!)

I will include as many as possible in the Snow & Ice Ideas For Stamping eArticle (to be published online on 12/20/13.) Two names will be drawn from among those who submit artwork to win their choice of 8 of VSN’s 226 print issues OR a $20 eGift certificate usable on VSN’s Online Shopping Cart. Deadline: Receipt at VSN no later than 12/5/13.

New VSN eArticle Art Challenge + The VSN Weekly Deal


Here in Maryland, it’s been feeling a bit chilly lately. Halloween is just a couple days away and before you know it we’ll be seeing the holidays and maybe even some snow. Are you ready for some seasonal stamping fun? This week I’ve got a VSN issue pdf with “Holiday Stamp Ideas and Projects” available for you, as well as two new eArticle Art Challenges, one on “Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap” and the other on “Snow and Ice Ideas For Stamping“. Want to come and play with me?

Continue reading New VSN eArticle Art Challenge + The VSN Weekly Deal

Doodled Gelli Plate Monotype + New Weekly Deal


(Doodled Gelli Plate Monotype)

The DardanellesHere it is mid-October already and you may have wondered why I haven’t posted here on the blog since last week. I took a short break from stamping while my husband and I spent five days in Richmond celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary (later this month technically) by hanging out at the Richmond Folk Festival. It was fantastic! Even walking around in the drizzle and mud for hours with wet feet couldn’t dent our enthusiasm. (The group you see pictured here is The Dardanelles from Newfoundland Canada, our favorite of thirty really good musical acts. If you get a chance and are on the east coast next fall, try to get to next year’s show! It’s free too!)

Doodling on Gelli Plate Monotype

But now that I’m back home again, I’ve turned to finishing up the upcoming “Gelli Plates & Stamps” eArticle. I just have a handful of how-to pictures left to take, some artwork to put together and a few other odds and ends of chores and I’ll be done. It’ll be posted on Sunday 10/20/13.

One of the things I’ve been playing around with today is doodling on top of a monotype created with a gelli plate. This one was made with acrylic paint and homemade star masks on an 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of yellow cardstock and is just for fun; I don’t know what I’ll do with it. It might find its way into a stamped book at some point. Doodling on top of a monotype background is fun, easy and relaxing. Outlining shapes and adding details with a black pigment pen and/or a white gel pen gives some added pop to the design.

VSN Weekly DealI also posted a new Weekly Deal this morning. This time around, the deal is 50% off of the VSN Quick Tips Bundle 2012a. This is a gathering of all Quick Tips from the six 2012 VSN issues in pdf format sized to view on your computer screen. Normally $5, it is on sale for $2.49 through Sunday 10/20/13. Proceeds from Weekly Deal sales go toward funding VSN’s website and blog.

I hope you are having a wonderful week and have been doing some stamping. Don’t forget to look for the new eArticle on Sunday!

Nancie, VSN

Looking For Feedback, New Art Challenge, Weekly Deal

Gelli Plate Comb Background

(Gelli Plate Monotype created with acrylic paints. 10/07/13)

Today is one of those days where I’m trying to do six things at once. Wait a minute. All days are like that aren’t they? Anyway, this blog post is also about several things at once.

Stamped Gift Tags & Gift Wrap Challenge: I’m still working on the upcoming “Gelli Plates & Stamps” eArticle (the monotype above is from yesterday’s play), but I don’t want to forget the FOLLOWING eArticle. I posted a new Art Challenge for that one yesterday and I hope you will be a part of it.

Because that 11/20/13 eArticle will be posted near the end of November, I thought stamped gift tags and gift wrap might be a useful topic. You’ll find the challenge specs on the “Get Published” page of VSN’s website. Despite the time of year when this will go up, please don’t feel like you have to limit it to December holidays. It could also include gift tags and wrap for things like birthdays, anniversaries, thank you, wedding and just because kinds of gifts. So if you’ve created a fun gift tag and/or gift wrap for any occasion, please do consider submitting it for the Challenge. Keep in mind that VSN’s Challenges don’t require you to actually mail the physical stamped project. As long as you follow the challenge submission specs, you can email a picture of the project and the directions so you can get your work published and still keep it too!

Suggestions Please on Future eArticle Topics: I am currently mulling over topics for future eArticles and accompanying Art Challenges. Is there a stamp related topic that you would really like to see explored in depth? Please let me know in the Comments below or using the Contact Form (whichever is easier for you.)

Feedback Please on Weekly Deals: I am also looking for feedback on the Weekly Deals. I kind of feel my way toward figuring out what you like by seeing which Weekly Deals sell well and which don’t. Lately, some of the Weekly Deals have been pdf versions of VSN print issues. While there are some VSN readers working toward collecting all the back issues in pdf form, there are probably more who would rather just get those issues with topics that interest them. Rather than do this in a hit or miss kind of way, I’d like to ASK you what you’d like to see.

If you like pdf file versions of the print VSN issues and are waiting for specific issues or topics, please let me know. There are 226 print issues and I’ve only converted 8 so far; if I can get an idea of issues or topics, I can try to get the ones you’d like to see done a little faster.

Speaking of which, I didn’t have time to convert an issue this week, so I extended last week’s offer of the Suminagashi Marbling 02Aug issue and the Choosing Color 01Apr issue through next Monday. So if you wanted either of those for the 50% off deal, there is still time to get them on the Online Shopping Cart.

I’m also interested in feedback from people who have purchased some of the existing pdf back issues. I’m curious how you like that format? When you open the file, it looks like the original print issue and so you can print out individual pages if you like. But they are not formatted specifically for viewing on a computer screen the way eArticles are, so they are not as comfortable to read on your computer. I’m wondering how you are using these? Do you read them on your computer screen? Or do you print articles that you want to read? Is this something you want to see more of?

VSN Print Back Issues Only Through End of 2013: Speaking of back issues, I will probably discontinue selling print versions of back issues at the end of this year. After the VSN print magazine shut down, many long-time VSN readers purchased the print issues they wanted and I really haven’t sold a lot of them this year. It doesn’t make sense to keep that storage space tied up or to keep paying annual taxes on that inventory. If you’ve already got the issues you want, this won’t effect you at all. If you DO have some print issues that you’ve been meaning to purchase, you’ll want to do that by 12/31/13.

Nancie, VSN

Weekly Deal Sept 30 through Oct 6

02Aug and 01Apr VSN Cover

It’s Monday, so it is time for another VSN Weekly Deal! Recently I’ve been offering pdf versions of issues that are just a few years old. But I had a request to offer some older VSN issues as pdf files, so this week, I have TWO VSN issues from 2001 and 2002, newly transformed into pdf digital versions. Normally $3 each, these pdf back issues are on sale from Sept 29 through Oct 06 2013 for $1.49 each (50% off.)

These pdf VSN issues are in the same page layout as the original print issues. Unlike VSN’s eArticles, they have not been reformatted to fit typical computer screens. They are, however, searchable and printable.

Apr ’01 VSN

Focus Article: Choosing Color: Easy Color Selections: Color Wheel Tutorial

Also In This Issue:

Storage: 1st Stamp Room Challenger: Cathy Jones’ Stamp Room

Happenings: Hot Products From the HIA 2001 Show.

Product Picks: “Special Techniques For Crafters & Polyshrink” video, Therm O Web’s Masking Magic & Foam Squares, RSM Album of Art, JK Doll Kit from Red Castle.

Catalog Review: Time To Stamp.

Class Tips: Making Accommodations: Stamping With Hand or Arm Problems.

Tips: Bone Folder Tips, Masking with Masking Magic, “Aging” Charms, Storage Ideas, Unclogging Pens and Glue Pens, Foil and Flocking Powder Tips, Shaving Cream Marbling, Embossing Powder Ideas, Correcting Wood Mount Alignment.

(Issue Length: 44 pg, b/w & color)


Aug ’02 VSN

Focus Article: Suminagashi Marbling: An Easy Marbling Technique

Also In This Issue:

Storage: Stamp Room Challenger: Lee Helbert-Gordon’s Stamp Room: Small Stamp Area Storage Strategies.

Happenings: Hot Products From 2002 Stamp Shows: Darlapalooza and East Coast Art & Rubber Stamp Festival.

Product Picks: Judi-Kins Eclipse Tape & Poly Paper, “Holy Moly Mackeroly!” (book by Gloria Page), Alextamping Pivot Palette and Swivel Clip.

Catalog Review: Bad Axe Trading Company.

Tips: Dollhouse Shingles, Cut n Dry Pad Ideas, Sliding Stamp Pads, Checking Embossing Powder Melt, Stuck Punches, Egg Shell Shakers, Chalk Tips, Credit Card Painting, Window Screen Backgrounds, Using Rainbow Scraps, Shimmer Sheetz Tunnel Card, Classic Clips, Brayered Backgrounds, Mixing Textures, Photo Manipulation Background, Shadowbox Card, and Triangle Dominoes.

(Issue Length: 44 pg, b/w & color)

Want to See More pdf Versions of Original VSN Issues? These older VSN issues were originally created using older software on an older computer, so they are more time consuming for me to convert to a current pdf format for online viewing than more recent VSN print issues. I’m willing to do this if I find that I sell enough of them to make it worth the time. Your purchase of these pdf issues helps support VSN’s blog and website and is very much appreciated!

You will find this VSN Weekly Deal on VSN’s Online Shopping Cart.


Nancie, VSN