Christmas Tree Handmade Holiday Parade

Hello friends and welcome to the Handmade Holiday Parade! Today I'm part of a group of 16 crafters sharing a parade of holiday inspiration using the Nested Tree Dies. Not one project will be the same! I'm talking everything from cards to scrapbook pages to home decor and so much more. To see the rest of the inspiration, head over to my Instagram and in my post you will find links to the other crafters. You can also check out the hashtags #handmadeholidayparade or #scrapbookcom on IG as well. And while you are there, make sure to visit's IG to enter for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate!

The project I've created to share with you is this Merry Christmas Tree Shaker Card. I used the Nested Tree Dies to cut out the tree shape and create a window area for my shaker card.

Merry Christmas Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring the Nested Tree Dies #handmadeholidayparade #scrapbookcom

To get started, I began by creating my background using the stamp and smudge technique. I used began by stamping images from the Tim Holtz Vintage Holidays Stamp Set and Poinsettia Stamp Set onto a piece of Distress Heavystock using a variety of Distress Oxide inks. Here I used Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry and Villainous Potion.

Each time I stamped an image, I dabbed off the excess ink with a paper towel and then with another clean towel lightly smudged the image. I like to build layers with this technique, making sure the images overlap, but also thinking about color placement as I stamp each one. See how the pink images are opposite each other? Sometimes, I even lay out all the images to figure out which ones to stamp where and even what colors to use.

Once the background was finished, I placed the second smallest Nested Tree and the 3.25 x 4.25 A2 Nested Rectangle Dies onto the paper to cut it out. I used Mint Tape to hold the dies in place. In this image, I do not have the stamping completed. You could certainly do the stamping after you die cut if you like.

I then repeated the die cutting with a Double Sided Foam Adhesive Sheet. Next, I placed a piece of Acetate between them, adhered all of the layers together and trimmed off any excess.

With the shaker window completed, I filled it with a mix of sequins from Sizzix. I then adhered another layer of cardstock to the backside to keep the sequins in place. This entire piece was then placed onto several layers of cardstock cut to size using the A2 Nested Rectangle Dies and coordinating cardstock from the Rainbow and Floral Paper Pads.

For the sentiment I stamped Merry Christmas from the Merry Sentiments Stamp Set onto black cardstock using Embossing Ink. I sprinkled it with white embossing powder and heat embossed it. I trimmed the paper into a strip and adhered it to the front of my card. I then finished it off with a couple of Pinkfresh Studio Silver Pearls attached using Zots.

Merry Christmas Shaker Card by Juliana Michaels featuring the Nested Tree Dies #handmadeholidayparade #scrapbookcom

Thanks so much for stopping by today to check out my Handmade Holiday Parade Merry Christmas Shaker Card featuring the Nested Tree Dies. Don't forget to check out #handmadeholidayparade or #scrapbookcom on IG for even more inspiration!

And just to give you one more reason to shop, (not like you needed one!) make sure you check out the current freebie at Right now it's this adorable Holly Jolly Stamp! 


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