Who here grew up watching Bob Ross paint “happy little trees” on PBS. Maybe you watched it because it was soothing, fun, and SO positive. Maybe you were just waiting for 3-2-1 Contact to come on, but either way, you KNOW Bob Ross. He’s an icon in the art world.

Playing with the new stamp set Happy Trees was like a dream come true! A stamp set inspired by Bob Ross? NO WAY! I was SO excited about this. I can’t wait to make a TON of birthday cards for crafty kiddos with this et.

I made two cards for the release to showcase this stamp set. The one was CLEARLY obvious, he needed to paint “happy little trees”! Believe it or not, I only had one tree stamp in my stash and it just wasn’t right. I needed an evergreen, there are A LOT of stamps on the market that would have worked for what I wanted, but the Jumbo Fir Tree at I Brake For Stamps worked absolutely perfect for me!

Using Distress Inks I layered color onto my watercolor paper, sprayed it with water to diffuse the edges and lines, and then let it dry before working on the next color. I used three separate colors for the trees in my first card. When the three colors were layered on I LIGHTLY dusted my blue ink duster over the “sky” area in order to tint the white area blue.

I stamped my sentiment with Tuxedo Memento Black ink and then heat embossed it using WOW! Clear Embossing Powder. The man, himself, was colored with Copic Markers, fussy cut, and then adhered to the card front. Using a stitched die from Lil’ Inker Designs, I created a finished edge on my card. For me, most cards aren’t complete without something along the edges.

For my second card, I wanted to play with the “Happy Accidents” sentiment. My goal was to create paint “splotches” on my card, but then I realized how fun it would be if I did splotches in a color wheel pattern.

To achieve this look I splattered watercolor paint on my surface. Designating the specific color sections was easy by masking off a specific area with cardstock that was elevated so that paint wouldn’t leak under the paper. For every color section, I set up my masking, splattered paint, and then dried the paper.

This Bob was also colored with Copic Markers, and to help him pop a little off of the colored background I put a die cut vellum circle between him and the splotched paper. This sentiment was also stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and heat embossed with WOW! Clear Embossing Powder. My finished edge was created by die using a die from Lil’ Inker Designs, I followed that step by adhering the paper onto some black cardstock.

I LOVED working on these two cards! They were SO much fun to make, this stamp set is just so inspiring with all the different ways you can create with it! You can get yours, at a discount, by using Hannah10 at Kindred Stamps!

Thank you for reading! I hope I have inspired you to create something awesome today!

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