There is nothing quite like receiving a surprise letter, poem or picture in the post to start the day with a smile.

After finding these blank postcards, in a morning-after-a-wedding hotel room haze, I could not wait to make a stamp on the crisp white surface, and treat a few friends to an anonymous smile.

Blank Postcards

Recently, I have been feeling nostalgic for childhood story times, so took ‘Winnie the Pooh’ as my arty inspiration (the original E.H. Shepard illustrations rather than Disney). After going stencil crazy here, I decided some simple stamping would do the trick.

Letter Stamps

Winnie the Pooh ballon quote

Winnie the Pooh and Piglet too

Winnie the Pooh eating honey


  1. Mark out your illustration lightly in pencil.
  2. Shade any block shapes with coloured pencil.
  3. Using a thick and thin black graphic pen, shade in outlines and hatch over colour areas.

Tip: E.H. Shepard used feathered outlines so don’t worry about being too neat, a bit of a wobble looks great!

Pick up a copy of ‘Winnie the Pooh: Complete Collection of Stories and Poems’ by A.A. Milne, for a cosy autumnal bedtime companion.

– Miss C x