Hi! Jeanne here today with a watercolor project for you to try. I know sometimes it's hard to stay in the lines with watercolors, so I'm always looking for little ways to cheat to make my design look cleaner. It might just change the way you think about water coloring!
I'm working with the Boddington Tree Cluster Die today. You will need to cut it out twice from watercolor paper. This die is really intricate and my machine doesn't cut out all the pieces without a shim so I cut once with the shim for a die cut with easy to remove pieces, and once without the shim for a die cut with all the little pieces stuck in place. If you are having trouble cutting a die and keeping the little parts from falling out try cutting it with a thin piece of paper between the die and your watercolor paper. You can use a brush or a pick to remove the little pieces of the shim that remain and your die cut should stay in one piece.
Next watercolor the background and the die cut that that is complete (reserve the clean cut one). Don't worry about staying in the lines I think this would be pretty even if your colors bled together on the trees. I did a simple wash on the background applying concentrated color on the inside and clean water to the outer edges to soften it out. I used Peerless watercolors from Birch Press Design - you can get them here.
I trimmed the background to fit an A2 size card base I made from the same watercolor paper so it would match. Notice I left swipes of glue inside the die cut hole. Just insert your watercolor piece inside the opening.
Last I adhered the clean die cut with all the little bits removed over the watercolor one. I actually added two of these for more dimension - but one is just fine. Nice and neat right? I hope you will give this a try!