Simple Watercoloring + Sharyn Sowell’s Starry Forest Dies

Hey, crafty friends! Today’s card features some SIMPLE watercoloring to go along with these darling dies designed by Sharyn Sowell. These dies are available in the Spellbinder’s store, and I am just in love with this little set, STARRY FOREST. There is this beautiful deer, birds, a few bunnies, and a gorgeous Christmas tree!


I started this card by taking a piece of watercolor paper and adding some simple watercolor trees. I did this by using some of my Nuvo Aqua Flow brushes, and watering down the color to create a very light application. The more water you add, the lighter the trees you get. The less water, the darker the trees. I also added clean water to the paper first, and then dropped some of the color in. This way, the color will move like I wanted it to, instead of it staining the paper in one spot.

Spellbinders- Sharyn Sowell- Starry Forest Dies- Christmas Cards- Marie Nicole Designs

The watercolor trees are so easy to do- just add some imperfect lines going from the bottom up. Vary the sizes so it looks like there are trees up close, and trees behind. You can also make the trees behind lighter in color, to give the appearance of them fading into the background. Adding branches is easy, as well. Again, just add some imperfect lines reaching out in any direction you prefer. I chose to add branches arching over where I knew I wanted to die cut an oval window.

Once my trees were dry, and I die cut the oval window, I grabbed another piece of paper to add behind my window. I wanted to stay with the monochrome color scheme, so I chose some Old Navy Embellishment Mousse from Nuvo and brushed it onto my background. Then, I added splatters for stars using some more embellishment mousse, this time watered down a bit in order to allow me to splatter.

I then added the oval window panel over the starry sky background using foam adhesive to pop it up a bit. Then, I added the die cut reindeer and the bird after watercoloring them just a bit, as well. The sentiment is added from the Glimmer Kit of the Month for November, available at Spellbinders.

My next card is created much the same way as the first- I started by watercoloring some simple trees to create a forest background. Then, the die cuts are all watercolored, as well, and adhered over the forest to create a scene.

This time, I used more color on the die cuts to bring them to life. I also added some sparkly Nuvo Drops to create some shimmery snow. I added this to the bottom along the ground, as well as on the tree.

The sentiment for this card is also from the Spellbinders Glimmer Kit for November. I love that November’s kit allows you to Glimmer lots of sentiments to have on hand to add right to your Christmas cards as needed!

I added a twine bow to the top of the tree, and then added the whole scene onto a Midnight Blue card base.

I love how these two cards turned out! So simple and yet such a beautiful scene just by adding these sweet die cuts and a little watercolor.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed today’s look at Sharyn Sowell’s Starry Forest dies. These dies are available at Spellbinders, and I have them linked down below for you, along with all the other items used on these cards!

Until next time,
Marie Nicole

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