Dreaming of a White Christmas with Digital Flocking

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I’m dreaming of a White Christmas is a special song to me, because it became “our song” when I was proposed to by my husband in the summer of 1978, as we looked forward to getting married December 1st 1978. I wanted to do a layout about our 34 years together, and it just had to have “SNOW” in it.

Photoshop gives us a way to add a little snow here and there on our layouts, making them look a little more Wintery. I have used this technique on ribbons and alphas; you could use it on just about anything. Today, I will show you how to add it to some pine. Nothing like pine with a little snow on it. Reminds me of all those flocked trees we had growing up.


Step One: Prepare Your Workspace

  • You will need to find something on your layout that you want to add snow to. Ribbons, alpha, and buttons are a good choice. I am using some evergreen pine for this tutorial. It, along with the berries and string tie, came from the Christmas Lights kit by Julie Billingsley.

  • You will also need some glitter layer styles. For this tutorial, I am using Digital Scrapper Glitter Layer Styles. You can download them for free if you are a Premier or Plus member here.
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  • Install the glitter layer styles if they are not already installed. Instructions for loading layer styles for all versions of Elements and Photoshop can be found here.
  • Create a new document (File > New > Blank File) or open (File > Open) an existing scrapbook page. (Photoshop: Choose File > New to create a new document.)
  • Open the pine element or another element you wish to use.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • Click on the pine and drag it onto your document.

Step Two: Prepare the Snow Layer

  • In the Layers panel, activate your pine layer by clicking on it.
  • Click on the Create a New Layer icon. A new layer should now be above the pine layer.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask. Elements 9 and earlier will say Group with Previous.


  • In the Layers panel, click on the Effects panel. If you do not see the Effects panel, in the Menu Bar choose Window > Effects.
  • At the top of the panel, click on Styles. Elements 10 and below click on the Layers Styles icon.
  • From the drop down menu, choose the DS Glitter set of styles.
  • From the list of styles, click on SG Sliver Glitter Large.


  • Open the Styles panel. If you do not see the Styles panel, in the Menu Bar choose Window > Styles.
  • From the list of styles, click on SG Sliver Glitter Large.

Step Three: Paint On Some Snow

  • In the Layers panel, make sure that your new blank layer is the active layer.
  • Get the Brush tool. In the Tool Options, Mode should be Normal and Opacity 100%.
    (Photoshop: Flow should be 100%.)
  • In the Tool Options, open the Brush Picker.
    • Elements: Open the drop down menu and choose Natural Brushes.
    • Photoshop: Open the flyout menu, choose Natural Brushes and click OK.

  • In the Brush Picker, choose the Stipple Dense 56 pixels brush and set the Size to around 250 px. You can play around with brush size if this doesn’t seem right for what you’re doing.
    (Elements 10 and earlier: Enter the brush Size in the Tool Options.)

  • Click here and there on your pine where you want the “snow.”
  • For extra credit, add a bit of snow to the berries too! 😉

Go ahead and make your own little snow storm and let us see how it turned out in the Digi Scrap Tutorial Gallery.

Digi Scrap Tutorial: Dreaming of a White Christmas with Digital Flocking by Nannette Dalton
Tutorial Designer Shadow Boxes by Jen White, previously available to Premier members January 2011
Black paper from It’s a Man’s World by Studio Manu with overlay from Cherish This Moment by Digital Scrapper designs
Papers from A Legacy of Love by Kristin Cronin-Barrow
Elements from Christmas Lights by Julie Billingsley, Recollection by Joanne Brisebois, Cherish This Moment by Digital Scrapper Designs, English Garden by Jenny Binder, Christmas Past by Scrap Kitchen, Family Yearbook by Julie Mead from PSE 5.0 training CD.
Fonts: American Typewriter, Aphrodite Slim Text
Layout 34 Years by Nannette Dalton

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19 Responses

  1. Cass
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    Thanks for this tutorial,love it

  2. Virginia Rothery
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    This is Great! What fun on a Christmas card! Thanks!

  3. Glorie
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    OH I LOVE this tut!!! Thank YOU!!

  4. jomama
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    Thank you so much for this timely tutorial.

  5. Margie
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    This looks like a lot of fun, thanks for the tut!

  6. Mungo
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    What a star you are sharing this lovely tip, thank you

  7. zita B
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    Lovely, cannot wait to try it! tonight 🙂
    Thank you!

  8. doris edgar
    | Reply

    Thank you so much for the tut. I’ll be trying this in the futire
    Thanks again co\

    doris edgar

  9. Nannette
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    Thanks for all the kind comments… glad you liked it.

  10. Cherri
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    Thanks for this tut. will try it.

  11. Renee
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    Awesome tutorial – thanks for sharing.
    And congratulations on 34 years of marriage. You look so happy in your wedding picture!

  12. Renee
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    Woohoo!!!I just tried it on a round element – how fun is that!!!!!!! Let it snow Let it snow Let it snow:)
    I had not downloaded the glitter style yet simply used white (foreground color)
    added a slight bevel and outer glow….looks so real!

  13. Shirl
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    Wonderful holiday sprucer up that adds just the right touch of bling to any holiday layout. Lve your wonderful and loving photos. They are truly precious. Thank you for this tutorial. I will use it on my premier layouts. Congratulations on your 34 fun-filled exciting years. Hugs. 😉

  14. Barb Brookbank
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    Wonderful tip, Nann,and congrats on your 34-year anniversary!

  15. Cindy Grohs
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    I wanted to try this so much. When I downloaded the Glitter Layer I only received the asl file. The install layers style says you need a .xml file as well. Help

    • Nannette Dalton
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      Can you tell me what version of Elements you are using? I will see if I can find you some help.

  16. Vickie Rose
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    Where do I get the tutorial? also the one on Bling? I have not used brushes – is there a tutorial? thanks. Vickie

  17. Linda Mynhardt
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    Hi Nannette

    Please can you tell me where I can find the tutorial? I can only see the pictures and the comments made by other people. Thanks.


    • Nannette Dalton
      | Reply

      Hi Vickie and Linda,
      Sorry for the confusion.
      Our Digi Scrap Tutorials are only available to view if you are logged in at http://www.digitalscrapper.com. If you receive our newsletter, then you are already a FREE “Digital Scrapper Plus Member” and all you have to do is login the to site.
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