Christmas Baubles

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Christmas Baubles
by Nannette Dalton

I have a little confession to make. I feel like I am a stalker! I love Barb Brookbank’s style, and I get excited to see each of her layouts! I have secretly added her to my “buddy” list in the forum so I don’t miss a one!

Although I LOVE her style, I can’t scrap like her. Her style is clean and elegant. My husband says my style is like Little House on the Prairie. Well, I wouldn’t go that far!

Barb has a new video tutorial called Artsy Ornament that, of course, I love because I love Barb. I found that I wanted to use her tutorial, but with my own style. So I needed to figure out how to make my own baubles. I thought it might be nice to be able to use papers from a kit to make a bauble or to personalize the bauble, and TA DA, a Digi Scrap Tutorial was born.

Step One: Prepare the Workspace

  • Create a new 3 X 3 inch document (File > New> Blank File) at 300 ppi with a transparent background. (Photoshop: Choose File > New.)
  • Press the letter D to reset the Color Chips to the default of black and white.

Step Two: Create the Bauble Shape

  • Get the Ellipse tool.
  • In the Tool Options, set the Style to None and click on the Create New Shape Layer icon. (Photoshop: Set the Tool Mode to Shape and the Path Operations to New Layer.) Open the Geometry Options and choose Circle.
  • On the document, click and drag to create a circle leaving about a 1 inch border on all sides. Press the Space bar to reposition the circle while dragging. The circle will expand as we apply the filters.


Step Three: Decorate the Bauble

  • Open (File > Open) a paper with which you would like to decorate the bauble.
  • Get the Move tool.
  • On the document, while holding down the Shift key, click on the paper and drag it onto the bauble document.
  • Press Ctrl T (Mac: Cmd T) to get the Transform options.
  • On the document, click on one of the corner handles of the Bounding Box and drag inward to resize the paper as needed. (Photoshop: Press and hold the Shift key while dragging to maintain proportion.) Click the checkmark to accept the transformation.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Create Clipping Mask.


Optional: At this point you can use the Bauble as is, or you can be as creative as you want in adding elements or text. I decided to add some personalized text for that “How did they do that” effect. My font is Bebas at 35 pt.


Step Four: Make a Sphere

  • In the Menu Bar, choose Layer > Merge Visible.
  • In the Menu Bar, choose Filter > Distort > Spherize.
  • In the dialog box, set the Amount to 100%. Click OK.


Note: I wanted my bauble to have more of a rounded effect so I ran the Spherize filter again, but this time I changed the Amount to 65%. If you want to see how the Amount will affect your bauble, in the Preview window, click on the Minus button to make the bauble smaller.


Step Five: Add a Flare

  • In the Menu Bar, choose > Filter > Render > Lens Flare.
  • In the dialog box, set the Lens Type to 105 mm Prime and the Brightness to 100%. Position the lens flare it where it looks good to you. Click OK.


The bauble is ready to add to your layout.

Here is my layout with my bauble. I have added an ornament hanger that you can download here.


Here is my bauble combined with Barb’s Artsy Ornament Tutorial, Little House on the Prairie style. 😉


Digi Scrap Tutorial: Christmas Baubles  by Nannette Dalton
Layout: Santa’s Coming by Nannette Dalton
Kit: Spirit of Christmas by Laurie Ann
Dotted brush from Give Thanks by Anna Aspnes
Video Tutorial: Artsy Ornament by Barb Brookbank
Fonts: Myriad Pro Light, Bebas
Software: Photoshop CC2014, Elements 12

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial


If you enjoyed this tutorial, you might also like:
Christmas Ornament

Christmas Ornament

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by Linda Sattgast

Learn how to create a digital Christmas ornament using a favorite photo.



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11 Responses

  1. Joyce
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    Love this tutorial, thanks so much!

  2. Shirl
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    This is just fantastic with the combination of these two tutorials. I will definitely have to try this out in my layout page. I have quite a collection of Digital Scrapper Christmas ornaments tutorial starting with the first one that Linda gave us in 07(?). Thanks again for opening up your brain that takes as to new digital scrapping tutorial horizons. 🙂

  3. France
    | Reply

    absolutely love this tutorial! Thank you!

  4. Annette
    | Reply

    Awesome, The contour of the bulb was the first thing I noticed before I knew that was the tutorial.
    Thanks Nann

    • Nann Dalton
      | Reply

      You’re welcome Annette.

  5. Donna
    | Reply

    Love the use of the spherize filter! Great tutorial.

    • Nann Dalton
      | Reply

      Yes, it is super fun and easy.

  6. Vivian
    | Reply

    Ohhhhhhhhhh I love this tutorial. Thank you!

    • Nann Dalton
      | Reply

      Thanks for giving me a smile!

  7. Jen Juris
    | Reply

    Nann, this is awesome!! Love how this LO turned out!!! 🙂

    • Nann Dalton
      | Reply

      Thanks Jen.

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