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A New Take on Winnie-the-Pooh

    Oh, what a delightful day.

    Winnie-the-Pooh, the beloved children’s book by A.A. Milne, became part of the public domain in January 2022, when its 95-year copyright term expired. Artists and writers around the world now are free to use the story, setting, or artwork. 

    Pooh and his friends have been a favorite of stamp artist Lin Metcalf for years. Recently, Lin was happy to find a variety of new Pooh-related images released by Unity Stamps, a Minnesota-based company. Lin put them to good use creating lovely cards.

    “Cheerful greetings that come with this company’s stamps are an uplifting bonus to make anyone’s day a little happier,” Lin says. On this card, she carefully colored all the tiny pots with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils, “I often color with these pencils because the lead is very strong. It doesn’t break easily and can be sharpened to a very thin point. This allows me to get into small, detailed areas—yet colors still blend well.” Lin rescues Pooh from the branch he’s sitting on by providing him a die-cut balloon.

    Delightful Day / Lin Metcalf
    Delightful Day / Lin Metcalf
    (Stamp and product credits: All stamps—Unity Stamps; scallop die cut, background paper—Sei; stitched, balloon die cuts—Kat Scrrappiness.)