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Painting Perfect Trees


One of the most common questions I’m asked is how I make trees on my cards with scenes. That’s a bit of a toughie to explain….but I have a different answer for you now. And I’m so stoked!

Painting Perfect Trees (Bob Ross??)

Watercoloring trees just became *so* easy. Hero Arts created two layering stamp sets for two kinds of trees; they’re intended to stamp Christmas trees and fall trees*- but think of them as maples and pines and you’ll see lots more year-round possibilities! You can make wonderful scenes now with these….and I’m here to show you how! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

*These stamps are flying out of stock everywhere. As soon as they’re back in, I’ll let you know! Be sure to subscribe!

These actually *are* as easy as they look. At least the single tree in both stamp sets! It’ll take practice to get scenes going, but you can do it…I have confidence in you!

Sandy Allnock Fall Trees

These fall trees can transform so easily into spring trees. Just stamp all but one of the stamps in a variety of greens, then watercolor them to create the green tree. When it’s dry (for hard-edged flowers) or damp (for soft-edged flowers), stamp the one with the big dots in a floral color like a pink or purple. Ba da boom, ba da bing, you’ve got a little tree for spring!

Sandy Allnock Christmas Trees

We’re always looking for good images for guys too, right? Make some trees on a card for them too! Pines are unisex – keep the design clean, or add a deer or an eagle, and you’ve got a great masculine card!


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41 thoughts on “Painting Perfect Trees

  1. […] Painting perfect trees […]

  2. Love these cards. I happened to have both sets and. Made the autumn cards yesterday! It was so much fun and they looked great! Thanks so much for sharing this it was so easy and I felt like an artist! Lol I will try to tackle the evergreen another day. It looked much harder to me. I loved watching Bob Ross with my kids when they were little. I never could understand how he could do it so easily. I could watch for hours. Now I watch you tube card making tutorials for hours. Thanks again!

  3. I have just started painting thanks to a Paint n Sip class and I now watch reruns of Bob Ross on our local channel. You both make it look so easy. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  4. […] those Layering Trees from THIS popular post? Back in stock! I’m jumping on Periscope in a few to make one that’s shiny […]

  5. I got my stamp sets today. Thanks so much for teaching such wonderful techniques. Love your videos.

  6. Loving these tree stamps and the cards you made. Great tips on water coloring with Distress Inks. TFS

  7. Hi, Sandy! I already bought the Fall layering tree set and was able to make some beautiful trees following your wonderful, clear directions. It was probably one of the easiest things I’ve done, too. Thanks for the excellent idea!!!

  8. Your trees are gorgeous. I am totally sold on those autumn ones.

  9. I remember watching Bob Ross on PBS and his “happy little trees”. It was amazing how fast he could paint them!

  10. […] Allnock made it  (relatively) easy for me.  She had a post earlier this week called Painting Perfect Trees.  She’s an amazing talent.  I didn’t have the stamp sets she used, so I used the […]

  11. Happy trees! Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wonderful!

  13. Beautiful! You make water coloring look so easy. I really need to try. BTW I liked your comment about Distress Ink being used with clear stamps. I’m having to double stamp with Distress ink thinking I need to learn how to stamp with Distress Inks, but after listening to your comment I realize the ink and stamps don’t go together as well as other stamping techniques.

    1. It took me a while to realize that too. But for this technique it doesn’t matter. Yay!

  14. I just love watching you. I never would have thought to use these stamps with a watercolor technique, but it looks like they were born to be used this way. So pretty! 🙂

  15. I remember Bob Ross fixing mistakes with his happy trees! I loved everyone of these cards and the stamps. One of my favorite videos you’ve done!

  16. I remember watching Bob Ross with my brother and my mom during summer break. It was great. We’d say, “No, no, don’t put a tree right there!” But then it would turn out alright.

  17. This is great, and I need to get these stamps to try myself! I do remember Bob Ross and his Happy Trees; he surely touched a lot of people and showed them a talent they didn’t know they had.

  18. Those stamp sets are so cool, and as usual you make it look so easy to make beautiful cards with them. I have seen a few reruns of Bob Ross videos since I moved to the US. He was incredibly talented and it was just amazing how he could just make things appear with a flick of the paintbrush.

  19. Beautiful trees. I need these so I can make Happy Little Trees also.

  20. Your tree cards are absolutely gorgeous, Sandy!! My grandmother and I used to watch Bob Ross together on Saturdays when I would go visit her. I often think of his happy little trees and happy little clouds and think of her. She’s been gone for over 10 years now, so it’s a wonderful memory. 🙂

  21. Really lovely! I remember watching Bob Ross on PBS as a kid and thinking how easy he made it all look. And without fail, my dad would remind me of Bob Ross’ military background and how he’d bark orders. It was always hard to believe when you’d hear that mellow voice.

  22. Love Bob Ross, and I love your cards. They are so amazing. Thank you for making a video and showing how easy it can be to make such beautiful cards. I actually remember two of his episodes. One, is when he had his pet squirrel on the show. It was so cute! Another, he was doing his usual, trees, mountains, happy little bushes, etc. I think it was a winter scene, but out of nowhere, with a sort of spatula tool (palette knife?), he built a cabin. It was just so fascinating for me to watch him do that little house out of one little strip of paint on the end of a flat piece of metal.. hehe The very first, and only, painting I ever did was Bob Ross inspired. My mother has it. ^_^ Thanks again, for sharing. I must have that stamp set now.

  23. I wasn’t ready to jump on the watercolor bandwagon but this excites me.
    My Mom went to an artist convention and Bob Ross sat next to her at lunch. She said he was very nice and he even gave her his cookie.

  24. I was not crafty/artsy back in the Bob Ross days, but I still would watch it in fascination as he just made scenes appear. When I started with the Art Impressions watercolor stamping, I totally thought of Bob Ross. Painting a happy scene. Not so much a cloud, but just the suggestion of a cloud. 🙂 Good lesson still… don’t go to literal or it’ll look fake!

  25. Oh my! These are splendid!!

  26. Wow Sandy, what wonderful cards! I hope I can get both of those stamp sets. You made all your cards look so easy! My husband and two of my three children are the painters in the family and my husband got me started watching Boss Ross when we were first married in Jan. of ’86. I loved how he did the trees around water and had made reflections of them in the water. Very beautiful.

  27. Wonderful trees. You did remind me that ‘in your world’, as in Bob’s, anything goes and it always turns out beautiful. Great way to make tress. Loved it. Thanks

  28. Hi Sandy,

    WOW!!!!! Yu blew me away with how fast and easy this seems, well for you anyhow. We merely mortals will have to practice A LOT! Thanks for the tips, and as far as Bob is concerned I now of him but I have not seen him in action. What I do remember from seeing a brief segment on a show,(not his), is that his voice is soothing just as Mr. Rodger’s was.

    María Alba

  29. They are gorgeous and tree stamps are exactly why I got obsessed with stamping! Love, love, love them! Sandy thank you so much for sharing Karen x

  30. What a beautiful and simple way to make trees. Years ago I watched Bob Ross regularly and even took some of his classes. It was amazing how the students, with no painting experience, could paint an acceptable picture. Now my artistic leaning, such as it is, envelops card making and scrapping. Thanks for your great videos. Everyone of them teaches me great techniques!

  31. Another amazing video! I have a different layered tree stamp set. Never thought to use the distress inks and water. Adding this to my ever expanding ‘things to try’ list. Thanks for sharing and your unwavering encouragement to ‘try’.

  32. Love Love

  33. I remember getting a Bob Ross painting set as a child one Christmas! Love the way you explain your techniques and lovely results. Going to give this a try!

  34. Sandy, these trees are beautiful and look so simple to do Will have to order the stamp sets and try it. Thank you for showing this technique. And thanks to Bob too. Edna

  35. Thanks for the tips on the beautiful tree inspired cards! I loved Bob Ross and still look at his program from time to time on PBS. I remember watching him show us how to put in all the wonderful detail into a mountain, forest or log cabin and then put a huge tree trunk right on top of all that wonderfulness! I understood why he did it ( for perspective sake), but I still took it hard for some reason. 🙂

  36. Gorgeous cards! I love the technique you shared and will be trying this method in future. My DH and I have watched Bob Ross for years. DH has lots of Bob Ross tapes and books for reference and uses Bob’s method of painting on canvas. Thank you for your video, I love those happy little trees 🙂

  37. I love this, so pretty and I like that it’s simple. I will have to get these stamp sets now. : ) I really like what you did with the fall trees. I have a few memories of seeing a little bit of Bob Ross on PBS when I was little kid, and I always wondered how he made it look so easy.

  38. Love these stamps and how pretty and easy you came up with a way to get,such beautiful trees. I remember Bob Ross always made such beautiful scenery and would add happy little trees and then would always make friends for them so they wouldn’t be alone! Thanks Sandy!

  39. These cards are great. Thank you for sharing.

  40. I love me some happy trees! Looks like a versatile set to have! Thanks for always inspiring with your talent. My mother and sister (both now deceased) LOVED Bob Ross. They would watch his shows on PBS together and talk on the phone about what he was doing on the screen. One year I gifted my sister a Bob Ross starter kit for Christmas and one would have thought she had won a new car, such was her excitement. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face through the recall of that memory.

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