Create a stunning greeting card inspired by a Bob Ross famous painting of a tranquil beach. From the comfort of your own home, you can craft this Tropical Beach Greeting Card that looks simply beautiful! With our helpful step-by-step tutorial guiding you through the creative process, you'll end up with a handmade masterpiece worthy enough to give away or even proudly display!
Make a Bob Ross Tropical Beach Greeting Card
Greeting Card Materials:
Optional and Recommended Materials
Let's Make a Tropical Bob Ross Inspired Greeting Card!
1. Gather and prepare your card and materials
To get started, gather all of your materials so you have them accessible.
Have your canvas (a.k.a card) ready by cutting and folding it to size. We recommend using a larger 5 x 7 folded card size. Using washi or painter's tape, tape your card around the edges to a craft surface that can get messy. This will secure your card in place as you "paint" or ink blend your landscape scenery. The tape will also serve as a nice framed border when you are done!
2. Begin ink blending
Now it's time to create our Bob Ross masterpiece! When it comes to ink-blending and stamping, remember to always work light to dark with your colors. With that said, in Bob Ross fashion, we will start with the sky and begin ink-blending our sunset shades.
- Start with a color such as Coastal Coral ink.
- Firmly rub the blending tool onto the ink pad.
- In a circular motion, rub the brush onto your paper, starting with the sky.
- Re-ink the brush with more layers to darken the tone.
- Next, blend yellow ink or Sun Dazed above and below the coral. Notice the nice tangerine color you achieve by blending the two colors together.
- Towards the bottom of your card, below the yellow, blend a blue ink color or French Ultramarine. Be sure to leave a little white space at the very bottom for the beach.
"You can do anything you want, this is your world."
3. Stamp and layer the beach and waves
Using clear stamps is easy, simply peel your stamp from it backing sheet and place it onto an acrylic stamp block. The photopolymer is slightly tacky, so your stamp can easily stick and be removed from your stamp block.
Second, ink your stamp until it has a saturated layer of ink on it by pressing the pad onto the polymer stamp. With ink color Cobalt, firmly and with even pressure, press the first layer of waves over the blue ink blended area of your card.
Tip: Stamp your layers off to the side for practice.
Take the second layer of waves and stamp it with Manganese Blue. The clear block allows you to easily line up your layers for precise stamping.
Lastly, place the last stamp layer onto your acrylic block. This will be the beach layer. Choose a sand-like ink color such as Pebble Beach.
4. Stamp the palm tress, sun, and other details
With the second stamp set, stamp the palm trees with a dark green ink like Library Green. Next, use orange to stamp the setting sun behind the ocean horizon. Then, stamp the tall beach grass and birds in brown or Sepia onto the card. We continued to use brown for the birds so they appear to be further off in the distance.
Lastly, we will stamp the wavy cloud layer in a Pigment White. Pigment ink is more saturated with color meaning that this light color will layer better over darker colors than other ink types. However, pigment ink does take longer to dry, so be more careful handling pigment inks until fully dry.
Tip: Stamp off the paper to create additional effects and realism to your creation.
5. Stamp the card greeting
Finally, choose the perfect Bob Ross greeting for your card!
"You have to have dark in order to show the light"
"You can do anything you want, this is your world"
Stamp the greeting in black or a dark color so it stands out in your design.
Now you're ready to create your own Bob Ross masterpiece for all your family and friends! Don't forget to follow our blog and socials. Show us your version of this card, or share a new creation with us! Tag us @RubberStamps_com and use #StampWithUS to enter our monthly giveaway! Winners receive a $25 credit to use at our shop!
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