Stamping the stories: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Narnia Heather Telford

This scene is from a book, a whole series in fact, that is well loved by our family. I read the books to the children; they read them once they were able. We listened to the radio theatre series from Focus on the Family and when the movies came out we watched them. We knew the books so well that we were quite nitpicky about the movies but we enjoyed them despite the deviations from the original. If there is someone who does not recognize this little vignette, the series is the Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. For those who recognised it straight away, which is your favourite Narnia story? My son’s favourite is ‘The Horse and his Boy, my older daughter’s ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, my younger daughter’s, ‘The Magician’s Nephew’ and for me ‘The Dawn Treader’ but ‘Last Battle’ is a close second. You see there is something for everyone. If you haven’t read them, get on it!

When the story begins it is ‘always winter but never Christmas’ in the magical land of Narnia. The white witch has made it so. Lucy meets Mr Tumnus the faun under the lamp post you see in the scene above. I painted it with distress stains over a generous splatter of masking fluid and used the ‘oh so useful’ trees from the ‘Prancers’ set in the foreground. I followed this card up with an art journal page because it was so much fun to paint.

This is the last of my stamping the stories cards; it has been fun to share them. Thank you so much for visiting and joining in the conversations.

Stamping the stories cards: Mary Poppins, Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan, Lord of the Rings


Stamps:  Prancers, On the town (PB)
Inks: Chipped Sapphire, Mahogany, Scattered Straw, Salty Ocean, Iced Spruce distress stains (Ranger), Northern Pine, Versafine Onyx Black (ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah patriot blue
Also: Winsor & Newton masking fluid

Stamping the stories: Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Heather Telford

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. You recognise this lady of course! I read many of the Mary Poppins books not just the original with the Banks family and enjoyed the movie as well. As a child I had Mary Poppins, Bert, Jane and Michael paper dolls, actually I still have them in the doll box with all their outfits.

This card was fairly straight forward to make. I brayered the sky with pink and yellow from one end of the panel and dark blue from the other. I dotted the sky with a gel pen then stamped outline stamps along the bottom and coloured them in with a black sharpie to change them to silhouettes. I made a stencil of Mary Poppins by printing her picture then cutting her out with a craft knife. Then I sponged through the stencil with black and added a sentiment.

Yesterday a few of you added your favourite imaginative or magical stories in the comments. Winnie the Pooh got a mention as did Harry Potter and Mother Goose. I have one more left to share and it is a huge favourite of mine and has been read or listened to numerous times in our family. It is definitely a classic.


Stamps:  Uptown, Sweet Home, Yuletide Greetings (PB)
Inks: Paris Dusk, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe, Tuxedo Black(ImagineCrafts/Tsukineko)
Cardstock:  Neenah Classic Crest solar White 110lb smooth, Neenah epic black
Also: white gel pen

Home, sweet home


Home sweet home Heather Telford

I stamped all the houses for this little street with the same stamp. To make them look different I masked and changed the amount of stamp I used. It was possible to make it taller by drawing an extra window and a different doorway. I watercoloured with distress stains then added some extra shading with markers and pencils. To keep it all co-ordinated and warm toned I painted a very orange sky and sponged an orange edge on the natural cardstock mat.


Stamps: Uptown,  Sweet Home (Penny Black)
Inks:Ripe Persimmon, Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Black Soot distress stains or inks (Ranger), Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Cardstock:Fabriano 100% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper, Neenah Epic Black 100lb cardstock, Natural flecked cardstock
Also: Fabercastell watercolour pencils

Home sweet home

Watercolour house

I have another one layer watercolour card made on the Fabriano watercolour paper. This one combines watercolouring and sponging. I think the house ended up looking more like a “fixer-upper” than a sparkling new home but that’s ok. It’s still a home, sweet home.

Watercolour house mask

I stamped the house in versafine smokey gray then used a mask to sponge a green hill. All the colouring is done with watercolour pencils blended with water and a little highlighting done at the end with the pencil dipped in water. To finish I cut a complete house mask so I could sponge the sky in blue.

Thanks for dropping by.


Stamps: Uptown,  Sweet Home (Penny Black)
Inks: Memento Summer Sky, Cottage Ivy & Versafine Smokey Gray (Tsukineko)
Cardstock: Fabriano 25% cotton hot pressed watercolour paper
Also: Fabercastell watercolour pencils