Digital Flocking

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Digital Flocking
by Nannette Dalton

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 here.
  • Install the glitter layer styles. 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.)
  • 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 fly out menu, choose Natural Brushes and click OK.

  • In the Brush Preset 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! 😉

Here is how I used this technique on my scrapbook page.

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

Download this Digi Scrap Tutorial


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  1. Pam
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    Thank you for sharing the step-by-step instructions. The result is beautiful!

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