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

VSN Weekly Deal Sept 23rd through 29th

Vamp Stamp News October 2010 Front Cover

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.


Nancie, VSN