Happy New Year! VSN in 2013. Changes in 2014.

Happy New Year

The end of one year and the beginning of another: it’s the time for reflection on the year past and planning for the year ahead, whether in our personal lives or in our business/professional lives. And that is just what I’ve been doing here at VSN lately.

Continue reading Happy New Year! VSN in 2013. Changes in 2014.

Today is Last Day to Purchase VSN Back Issues!

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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

Weekly Deal Sept 30 through Oct 6

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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.

Enjoy!

Nancie, VSN

VSN Weekly Deal Sept 23rd through 29th

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Monday brings another VSN Weekly Deal! This week, I thought I’d share another VSN back issue newly transformed into a pdf digital version. This one is the Oct ’10 VSN issue with a focus article on Making Card Scores and Inside Pockets and a companion article on Making The Score: A Comparison of Four Commercial Scoring Boards. Normally $3, this pdf back issue is on sale from Sept ’23 through Sept ’29 2013 for $1.49 (50% off.)

Oct ’10 VSN: Focus Article: Making Card Scores and Inside Pockets

The Focus Article in This Issue Covers:

Inside Card Pockets: Do you sometimes find that you want a pocket inside your card? The feature article in this issue covers 17 Styles for Pockets Inside Your Card with Over 37 Variations! The issue itself contains directions and scaled diagrams/templates. Downloadable and printable full-sized templates that go with this issue can be found in the Readers’ Gallery.

Making The Score: A Comparison of Four Commercial Scoring Boards:

  • Scor-It-All
  • Scor-Pal & Scor-Buddy
  • Ultimate Crafter’s Companion
  • Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Quick Tips in This Issue Include:
“Heated Pearls” Technique, Black Popping Layer Alternatives, Shelf Liner Layers, Birthday Card Planning, Working Stamping into the Day’s Pauses, Salvaging From Junk Mail, Twine, Glues, Photographing Cards, Unmounted Stamps, Prepping Stamps, Keeping Track of Punches, Cleanup Tips, Plastic Grid Guide, Crib Stamp Storage, DIY Ventilation, Moving with Stamps.

Digital Corner: Color Inside Digital Stamp Images With Digital Photos Using PhotoShop / Elements.

This pdf back issue is in the same page layout as the original print issue. Unlike VSN’s eArticles, it has not been reformatted to fit typical computer screens. It is, however, searchable and printable. (32 pg, b/w & color)

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

Enjoy!

Nancie, VSN

VSN Weekly Deal Sept 16th – 22nd

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It’s Monday Again! That means that it is time for VSN’s Weekly Deal. This time, the Weekly Deal is 50% off VSN’s Master Table of Contents. This pdf file contains a table of contents page for every one of VSN’s 226 print issues. The file is searchable and printable and handy for finding topics inside past issues of VSN. It will be on sale for 50% off from Sept 16 though 22, 2013. Proceeds from the Weekly Deal help support VSN’s website and blog. Thank you!

VSN’s Weekly Deal: Sept 02 – Sept 08 2013

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Monday means that it is time for another VSN Weekly Deal! This week, I thought I’d share another VSN back issue newly transformed into a pdf digital version. This one is the Feb ’09 VSN issue with a focus article on Resist Techniques and a Class Tips article on creating Surprise Shaker Cards. Normally $3, this pdf back issue is on sale from Sept ’02 through Sept ’08 2013 for $1.49 (50% off.)

Nov ’09 VSN: Focus Article: Resist Techniques

The Focus Article in This Issue Covers:

  • Embossed Resists
  • Resist & Watermark Ink Resists
  • Oil Medium Resists
  • Wax Resists
  • Glue Resists
  • Faux Batik Resist
  • Joseph’s Coat
  • Micro Glaze Stamped Resists
  • Fluid Chalk Resists
  • Wax Paper Resists
  • Acrylic Paint Resist

This article consists of two main sections. The first is experimental: “I put my art supplies to the test to see what resists I could discover using materials I have in my stamp room. I organized my tests using five categories of potential resists: resist and watermark stamp inks, heat embossed images, wax, glues and oil-based mediums. There were two to five varieties within each of these categories. I then chose six mediums to apply over the resist bases: water-based dye ink (Marvy Matchables applied with a cosmetic sponge), solvent-based ink (StazOn applied with a cosmetic sponge), oil-based pigment ink (VersaFine applied direct-to-paper), alcohol ink (Ranger Adirondack applied with a felt applicator), watercolor paint (Da Vinci Paints applied with a brush) and acrylic paint (Golden Liquid Acrylic applied with a brush).”

The second part of the article is specific step-by-step resist techniques: Embossed & Faux Batik Resists, MicroGlaze Stamped Resists, Fluid Chalk Ink Resists, Wax Paper Resists and Acrylic Paint Resists.

The Class Tips article in This Issue Is:
Surprise Shaker Cards: In-depth Step-by-Step How-to article by Suzanne Glazier with Detailed Directions for Shaking Up the Inside of Your Cards!

Quick Tips in This Issue Include:
Patchwork Trimmings Cards, Ribbon Flowers & Snowflakes, Clear Pocket Alternatives, Tacky Glue & Foil, Shaving Cream Background in Protectors, Coaster Play, Tips for Using Photos, Labeling Ranger Inkpads, VersaFine Defined, Peel Offs in Color, Carry a Ruler& Snippets, Punchless Corners, Cleaning Scissors, Displaying Cards & ATCs.

This pdf back issue is in the same page layout as the original print issue. Unlike VSN’s eArticles, it has not been reformatted to fit typical computer screens. It is, however, searchable and printable. (32 pg, b/w & color)

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

Enjoy!

Nancie, VSN