February Calls and Challenges + Tips from a Published Stamper!

February Calls and Challenges

Our Stampington publications want your submissions. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the February calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have upcoming deadlines on February 15th (unless otherwise noted), so this is your chance to see your name in print and get published!

Art Journaling banner

Art Journaling Calls and Challenges

~Artwork by Pam Carriker

In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions. From stamping and collage art to painting and sketching, each journal is filled with innovative techniques and inspirational stories. If you have an art journal that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you.

Deadline: February 15th

 

Jewelry Affaire banner

Jewelry Affaire Calls and Challenges

~Artwork by Lisa Hutson

For that added touch of glamour without the complexity, Jewelry Affaire is a quarterly publication dedicated to the art of understated, yet extraordinary jewelry. You don’t need to be a master craftsperson to create wearable art that makes a statement. The refashioning of a vintage piece into something new, embellishing a chain, the placing of a pendant, adding beadwork — anything that exemplifies sophisticated chic on an easy to understand level can be submitted.

Here are some of our ongoing departments we feature in every issue:

  • Whimsical Wares
    • Jewelry that is out of the ordinary and extraordinary
  • Natural Revelry
    • Adornments that are otherworldly
  • Vintage Jubilee
    • For lovers of heirlooms and findings, celebrate with classics that make time stand still
  • Artistic Affaire
    • Innovative to wear and uncomplicated to share
  • Black Tie Affaire
    • Dripping with jewels, pearls, and other sumptuous materials, these sophisticated statements pieces can make every day feel like an occasion

If you’re interested in being our artist for the Feature Article, please email a link or pictures of your jewelry collection.

Deadline: February 15th

 

Mingle banner

Mingle Calls and Challenges

~Event by The Sugar Studio

Challenges

Unique gatherings take center stage with our now-quarterly publication, Mingle! From intimate art retreats, to creative, one-of-a-kind celebrations, Mingle provides the inspiration you need to plan extraordinary gatherings with an artistic flair. For this publication, we are looking for stunning photographs and stories from unique gatherings such as the following:

  • Intimate Affaires Do you get together regularly with close friends for a night in of crafts? Perhaps you have a tradition of going to the park for a knitting circle or a picnic.
  • Art Retreats Do you plan art retreats for others to come participate in? Have you attended one that had a profound effect on you?
  • Handcrafted Weddings Was your wedding completely crafted by hand? Did it take place somewhere unique?
  • Birthday Parties & Anniversaries Did you throw a party for a friend that was simply over the top? Maybe you thought of an interesting theme.
  • Party Details Did you take a couple pictures (or maybe just one) of a stunning aspect of an event that you think Mingle readers need to see?

This is just a sampling of the items we are looking for to publish in each issue of Mingle. Submissions and questions can be emailed to the editor at mingle@stampington.com, or saved on a disc and mailed to our physical address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs.

Deadline: February 15th

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

The Stampers' Sampler banner

The Stampers' Sampler Calls and Challenges

~Artwork by Mischelle Smith

Challenges

Color Challenge
For this year’s color challenge we are jumping to the opposite side of the color wheel all the way over to Lilac. This beautiful shade of purple is named after the flower, which is known for its enchanting fragrance. Lilac represents peace, tranquility, and elegance. This color also suggests something special and unique, and we can’t to see the one-of-a-kind creations you come up with! Draw inspiration from these characteristics and incorporate this lovely, feminine hue into your cards in any way you like. Send us your submissions by February 1st, 2017 for possible inclusion in our July/August/September 2017 Issue. Don’t forget to include stamping!

Deadline: February 1st

Frightful & Delightful
Double, double stamping and trouble; embossing guns burn and inkpads bubble! Our annual Frightful & Delightful Challenge, the most popular challenge of all, is back and we’re dying to see your submissions. Each year we receive amazingly spooky Halloween art that defies the imagination and we know this year will be no different. Dust the cobwebs off your Halloween-themed stamps — be they bats, ghosts, zombies, or monsters — and get ready to create some hocus-pocus! Remember to include rubber stamping on your projects, and please send them to us by February 1st, 2017 for possible inclusion in our July/August/September 2017 Issue.
Deadline: February 1st

Tempting Template
We would like to invite you to join in the stamping fun and send in your own template ideas! Please include the proposed pattern for your template as well as a sample card using your template. If your template is selected, you will receive a complimentary issue of The Stampers’ Sampler and the joy of seeing how other talented stampers build upon your original concept. For a better idea of what we’re looking for, click here to view our past templates online.

Deadline: February 1st

A Different Point of View
A single stamp has endless options. Part of the joy of rubber stamping is the number of ways one stamp can be used. We are always looking for submissions for A Different Point of View. Take a stamp that catches your eye, and create several different cards using that image or a portion thereof. Really challenge yourself to view the image in new ways, and push the boundaries of a single stamp.
Deadline: February 1st

A Call for Articles
We are always looking for new and innovative stamping articles. If you’re interested in submitting an idea for an upcoming issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to see it. Just send us 5 – 10 cards that demonstrate the same theme, a new stamping technique, a unique usage of an unexpected or interesting material, or an exciting project. Just make sure it has stamping on it!
Deadline: February 1st

Are you The Stampers’ Sampler’s Next Guest Artist? 
Since The Stampers’ Sampler was first introduced 20 years ago, this publication has featured many Guest Artists. This department is dedicated to artists (many who began as loyal readers) who capture The Stampers’ Sampler style — original greeting card creations that incorporate rubber stamping into the design. If you are a dedicated stamper, this is your chance to show off what makes your talent unique, whether you have a signature inking technique, an anything-but-ordinary style or a knack for layout designs. We would like to see new techniques, ones that are contemporary and one-of-a-kind, and vast themes. If you would like to audition to be a Guest Artist, we ask for the following:

A minimum of 5 sets of 3 cards in each set (ideally, we would prefer 8 sets of cards in a similar theme), for a grand total of 15 – 24 cards.

The best way to become familiar with what makes our Guest Artists stand out is to take a peek through our publication. For each set, keep in line with a similar color palette or theme. We’re dedicated to showcasing the very best artists, and we would love to feature your talented creations for all our readers to see!
Deadline: February 1st

Click here to download and print our Submissions Form!

 

Tips from Published Stamper Karen Seifert

I’ve been stamping for over 20 years, and have submitted A LOT of creations, and A LOT have NOT been published. I started way back when there were several other card-making, and stamping magazines, and before Take Ten.

The Stampers’ Sampler had a segment in every issue called Take Ten. It was so popular, they created the Take Ten magazine.

After all the submissions, and not getting published, I got discouraged and quit sending.

As I started getting closer to age 60, getting published was at the top of my bucket list, so I started submitting again, and in March 2014 I was published in The Stampers’ Sampler 20th Anniversary magazine. WHAT A RUSH!

That’s all it took, to get hooked. Now I’m a submitting stamping addict, but I don’t want an intervention. I still get a rush every time I receive my complimentary copy. (By the way…you don’t know if you’re published until you receive your comp copy. I have had some cards show up almost 2 years after submission…SURPRISE!)

 

What I’ve learned

Have you noticed in Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler, the cards shown on each page, coordinate, or blend? I send 3-5 cards that have the same theme and the colors compliment each other. Theme can be layout design, technique, or all cat-related, coffee theme, etc.

Both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler have “ a Different Point of View” where you use one stamp to make several creations…I suggest submitting 4-5 cards or tags.

Both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler have a Tempting Template in each issue. Use these for inspiration, and submit in different colors

Both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler prefer stamped images, NOT digital.

 

When you submit make sure you have on the Back of each card:

  • Instructions
  • Products/Supplies used
  • Give your card a title
  • Have your name and email on each card
  • I also include another full sheet of all info on all cards, and all my contact info

 

Visit the links to see each magazine’s Calls and Challenges and IMPORTANT: Read the Submission Guidelines, and Tips for getting Published!

 

Some say, “Wow, you’ve been published a lot.“ Well, its because I submit a lot!

 

What’s on my bucket list now?

Being on the Cover, and being a Guest Artist

 

I hope you found this helpful, and encouraging. So submit, and Good Luck!

Thank you to Karen Seifert for providing such valuable insight into the submissions process. 

 

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9 Responses to “February Calls and Challenges + Tips from a Published Stamper!”

  1. Lissa says:

    Karen, thanks for the tips, and I look forward to your cover!

  2. Tisa Hosford says:

    Way to go, Karen! Thanks for the tips–it’s one of my goals too (my daughter beat me to it in Jewelry Affaire, of which I’m so proud). Now I just have to get started and prepare for rejection :) (as a writer, you get that a lot anyway). Will be looking for your cover!

  3. Jani Howe says:

    I have noticed that lately, both S. S. and Take Ten are using 3-5 cards with a ‘theme’. However, I find that some are SO MUCH SIMILAR….I find that wasted space. I can see but TWO samples, and take the idea from there. Also, what bothers me most is that one stamper then gets 2 very expensive pages of very similar works, which also edges out other stampers having a chance to be published at all, and I suspect there are lot of stampers whose works could be published if so much of the magazine weren’t taken up with too-similar pieces.

    Not talking about me. I sell most of my work, and don’t even have time to send in entries very often – and I have been published 3 times in T.T. But I would like to see new stampers have a chance. Three or four too-similar cards are overkill.

  4. chark says:

    thanks for the info!

  5. Dru says:

    Are any of your submissions paid?

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Dru,
      Please contact the editor of each publication directly to find out about compensation. It depends entirely on the type of content and which publication the work will appear in. You can find the email address to each publication’s editor here: https://stampington.com/contact-us.

      Thank you,
      Sarah Donawerth
      Social Media Accounts Manager

  6. Sharon Bruner says:

    Karen, I,too, am a seasoned stamper (22yrs) and I live the advice you have given. I was shocked when told I would Klan d be the Guest Artist in Stampers’ Sampler. There are so many very gifted artists that submit every month. BUT, that should not stop all of us sending in submissions. I learn from almost every card submitted. To all of you out there thinking you’re “not good enough”, yes you are! You may just submit the very thing that inspires someone else!

  7. Sharon Bruner says:

    Boy! That was a messed up message! LOL. I have no idea where “Klan d” came from. (LOVE the advice) :)

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February Calls and Challenges

Our Stampington publications want your submissions. If you are an artist or writer looking to have your work featured in one of our magazines, here are the February calls and challenges that our magazines are looking for. We encourage you to submit your work again even if you have tried before. The following magazines have upcoming deadlines on February 15th (unless otherwise noted), so this is your chance to see your name in print and get published!

Art Journaling banner

Art Journaling Calls and Challenges

~Artwork by Pam Carriker

In every quarterly issue of Art Journaling, artists open their journals and share creative techniques for capturing their emotions. From stamping and collage art to painting and sketching, each journal is filled with innovative techniques and inspirational stories. If you have an art journal that you would like to share with our readers, we would love to hear from you.

Deadline: February 15th

 

Jewelry Affaire banner

Jewelry Affaire Calls and Challenges

~Artwork by Lisa Hutson

For that added touch of glamour without the complexity, Jewelry Affaire is a quarterly publication dedicated to the art of understated, yet extraordinary jewelry. You don’t need to be a master craftsperson to create wearable art that makes a statement. The refashioning of a vintage piece into something new, embellishing a chain, the placing of a pendant, adding beadwork — anything that exemplifies sophisticated chic on an easy to understand level can be submitted.

Here are some of our ongoing departments we feature in every issue:

  • Whimsical Wares
    • Jewelry that is out of the ordinary and extraordinary
  • Natural Revelry
    • Adornments that are otherworldly
  • Vintage Jubilee
    • For lovers of heirlooms and findings, celebrate with classics that make time stand still
  • Artistic Affaire
    • Innovative to wear and uncomplicated to share
  • Black Tie Affaire
    • Dripping with jewels, pearls, and other sumptuous materials, these sophisticated statements pieces can make every day feel like an occasion

If you’re interested in being our artist for the Feature Article, please email a link or pictures of your jewelry collection.

Deadline: February 15th

 

Mingle banner

Mingle Calls and Challenges

~Event by The Sugar Studio

Challenges

Unique gatherings take center stage with our now-quarterly publication, Mingle! From intimate art retreats, to creative, one-of-a-kind celebrations, Mingle provides the inspiration you need to plan extraordinary gatherings with an artistic flair. For this publication, we are looking for stunning photographs and stories from unique gatherings such as the following:

  • Intimate Affaires Do you get together regularly with close friends for a night in of crafts? Perhaps you have a tradition of going to the park for a knitting circle or a picnic.
  • Art Retreats Do you plan art retreats for others to come participate in? Have you attended one that had a profound effect on you?
  • Handcrafted Weddings Was your wedding completely crafted by hand? Did it take place somewhere unique?
  • Birthday Parties & Anniversaries Did you throw a party for a friend that was simply over the top? Maybe you thought of an interesting theme.
  • Party Details Did you take a couple pictures (or maybe just one) of a stunning aspect of an event that you think Mingle readers need to see?

This is just a sampling of the items we are looking for to publish in each issue of Mingle. Submissions and questions can be emailed to the editor at mingle@stampington.com, or saved on a disc and mailed to our physical address. If selected, we will need hi-res versions of your photographs.

Deadline: February 15th

Click here to download our guide for how to submit photographs. It will also show you how to convert images to the correct size and resolution for this publication.

 

The Stampers' Sampler banner

The Stampers' Sampler Calls and Challenges

~Artwork by Mischelle Smith

Challenges

Color Challenge
For this year’s color challenge we are jumping to the opposite side of the color wheel all the way over to Lilac. This beautiful shade of purple is named after the flower, which is known for its enchanting fragrance. Lilac represents peace, tranquility, and elegance. This color also suggests something special and unique, and we can’t to see the one-of-a-kind creations you come up with! Draw inspiration from these characteristics and incorporate this lovely, feminine hue into your cards in any way you like. Send us your submissions by February 1st, 2017 for possible inclusion in our July/August/September 2017 Issue. Don’t forget to include stamping!

Deadline: February 1st

Frightful & Delightful
Double, double stamping and trouble; embossing guns burn and inkpads bubble! Our annual Frightful & Delightful Challenge, the most popular challenge of all, is back and we’re dying to see your submissions. Each year we receive amazingly spooky Halloween art that defies the imagination and we know this year will be no different. Dust the cobwebs off your Halloween-themed stamps — be they bats, ghosts, zombies, or monsters — and get ready to create some hocus-pocus! Remember to include rubber stamping on your projects, and please send them to us by February 1st, 2017 for possible inclusion in our July/August/September 2017 Issue.
Deadline: February 1st

Tempting Template
We would like to invite you to join in the stamping fun and send in your own template ideas! Please include the proposed pattern for your template as well as a sample card using your template. If your template is selected, you will receive a complimentary issue of The Stampers’ Sampler and the joy of seeing how other talented stampers build upon your original concept. For a better idea of what we’re looking for, click here to view our past templates online.

Deadline: February 1st

A Different Point of View
A single stamp has endless options. Part of the joy of rubber stamping is the number of ways one stamp can be used. We are always looking for submissions for A Different Point of View. Take a stamp that catches your eye, and create several different cards using that image or a portion thereof. Really challenge yourself to view the image in new ways, and push the boundaries of a single stamp.
Deadline: February 1st

A Call for Articles
We are always looking for new and innovative stamping articles. If you’re interested in submitting an idea for an upcoming issue of The Stampers’ Sampler, we would love to see it. Just send us 5 – 10 cards that demonstrate the same theme, a new stamping technique, a unique usage of an unexpected or interesting material, or an exciting project. Just make sure it has stamping on it!
Deadline: February 1st

Are you The Stampers’ Sampler’s Next Guest Artist? 
Since The Stampers’ Sampler was first introduced 20 years ago, this publication has featured many Guest Artists. This department is dedicated to artists (many who began as loyal readers) who capture The Stampers’ Sampler style — original greeting card creations that incorporate rubber stamping into the design. If you are a dedicated stamper, this is your chance to show off what makes your talent unique, whether you have a signature inking technique, an anything-but-ordinary style or a knack for layout designs. We would like to see new techniques, ones that are contemporary and one-of-a-kind, and vast themes. If you would like to audition to be a Guest Artist, we ask for the following:

A minimum of 5 sets of 3 cards in each set (ideally, we would prefer 8 sets of cards in a similar theme), for a grand total of 15 – 24 cards.

The best way to become familiar with what makes our Guest Artists stand out is to take a peek through our publication. For each set, keep in line with a similar color palette or theme. We’re dedicated to showcasing the very best artists, and we would love to feature your talented creations for all our readers to see!
Deadline: February 1st

Click here to download and print our Submissions Form!

 

Tips from Published Stamper Karen Seifert

I’ve been stamping for over 20 years, and have submitted A LOT of creations, and A LOT have NOT been published. I started way back when there were several other card-making, and stamping magazines, and before Take Ten.

The Stampers’ Sampler had a segment in every issue called Take Ten. It was so popular, they created the Take Ten magazine.

After all the submissions, and not getting published, I got discouraged and quit sending.

As I started getting closer to age 60, getting published was at the top of my bucket list, so I started submitting again, and in March 2014 I was published in The Stampers’ Sampler 20th Anniversary magazine. WHAT A RUSH!

That’s all it took, to get hooked. Now I’m a submitting stamping addict, but I don’t want an intervention. I still get a rush every time I receive my complimentary copy. (By the way…you don’t know if you’re published until you receive your comp copy. I have had some cards show up almost 2 years after submission…SURPRISE!)

 

What I’ve learned

Have you noticed in Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler, the cards shown on each page, coordinate, or blend? I send 3-5 cards that have the same theme and the colors compliment each other. Theme can be layout design, technique, or all cat-related, coffee theme, etc.

Both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler have “ a Different Point of View” where you use one stamp to make several creations…I suggest submitting 4-5 cards or tags.

Both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler have a Tempting Template in each issue. Use these for inspiration, and submit in different colors

Both Take Ten and The Stampers’ Sampler prefer stamped images, NOT digital.

 

When you submit make sure you have on the Back of each card:

  • Instructions
  • Products/Supplies used
  • Give your card a title
  • Have your name and email on each card
  • I also include another full sheet of all info on all cards, and all my contact info

 

Visit the links to see each magazine’s Calls and Challenges and IMPORTANT: Read the Submission Guidelines, and Tips for getting Published!

 

Some say, “Wow, you’ve been published a lot.“ Well, its because I submit a lot!

 

What’s on my bucket list now?

Being on the Cover, and being a Guest Artist

 

I hope you found this helpful, and encouraging. So submit, and Good Luck!

Thank you to Karen Seifert for providing such valuable insight into the submissions process. 

 

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