Simple Watercolor Border + Simon’s DieCember™ Release

Hi crafty friends and HAPPY DIE-CEMBER™!!! I am back to blogging again… had to take a break for some traveling (which was SO fun and I got to see some special friends!) So I’m sure you’ve heard it is DieCember™, right?? This month long celebration from Simon Says Stamp just got kicked off with a special release of MANY new dies that you are going to want to add to your collection.

I love so many of the new dies but one in particular caught my eye which was the Birch Column die; many of you may recognize the design from the popular Birch Tree Window die that was released during STAMPtember. This is a similar design, but instead of cutting a window, this can span across an entire card lengthwise! The design of it makes it super easy to create dimensional effects, in lay die cutting, tall windows on a non-traditional card size, and so much more.

I decided I wanted to create a dimensional panel along the left side of an A2 card and watercolor some simple, abstract-like details onto the die cut shapes. I think the loose feel of the watercolor lends towards the style of these trees, but you could go much more detailed if you wish!

I paired this Birch Column die with two other die sets that are from the new release; Heartfelt and Spinner Trail. I really like how the Spinner Trail border die looks die cut from vellum, as it adds that perfect amount of texture to a design without being distracting. The font style of one of the Heartfelt word dies also works perfectly as a negative-space die; I turned a rectangle strip of cardstock into a negative die cut label to pop up off the card.

For additional embellishing I used Ranger’s Stickles glitter glue to add a crusty, ice-like shimmer to the winter leaves of these birch trees. Some Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh are also scattered around as well.



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  1. Marie Butler December 12, 2016 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Beautiful card! What a great release!

  2. Linda Bostedt December 11, 2016 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Love tghis die and of course your creation!

  3. Katrina December 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Coloring these birch trees are hard. Thanks for sharing your tips with us.

  4. Mitzi December 10, 2016 at 8:33 am - Reply

    Love the birch tree and what you have done with it! Great card!

  5. Nan Miller December 10, 2016 at 3:49 am - Reply

    My favorite die amongst this great release. Love your take on it

  6. Pam Young December 9, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    Love your beautiful watercolored card!! Your cards are amazing!! Love this diecember release!!

  7. Niki G December 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    The birch die is my favorite. I love your card especially the water-coloring added – makes it special. TFS

  8. Olessya K December 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous card! Love how you created Birch pattern on the tree trunks. Looks amazing!

  9. MagicMom December 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    Lovely card. Loved your watercolor embellishment, adds so much colorful interest to the die.

  10. Elisa Favari December 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Wow!! Great job!!!

  11. Christi Steinbeck December 9, 2016 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    this is just gorgeous! The water color is beautiful! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

  12. Cindy December 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    The spinner trail die (just bought it) cut with vellum adds the perfect touch.

  13. Denise Freeman December 9, 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    Very nice. Really cool! Thanks, Denise

  14. Stef Perry December 9, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Pretty design and I love the colors you used. That birch tree die is sure to be a hit!

  15. Kris in Alaska December 9, 2016 at 1:17 pm - Reply

    Love seeing the details!

  16. Adriana Bohusova December 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Very beautiful.

  17. Becky J (Mplsbetty) December 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    This is such a soft, beautiful look! Love how the die can be placed anywhere on the front panel of a card.

  18. nanagretchen December 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Wow, love this card and your coloring, way cool!

  19. Amber December 9, 2016 at 9:37 am - Reply

    The birch die combined with your beautiful watercolour technique is simply stunning- this is one item on the “gotta have it” list!

  20. Jackie P. December 8, 2016 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    Beautiful card! It looks like a fresh layer of sparking snow on the trees. Great colour as well!

  21. Carla Hundley December 8, 2016 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    This card is awesome
    with gorgeous coloring
    and design.
    Carla fro Utah

  22. Teresa Doyle December 8, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Absolutely beautifu Nina!
    I love the Flowing Vine Collage die as well, they really are gorgeous!

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