Important to me to fit with it was that the photo looked aged too. I put the photo into Photoshop, desaturated it and then turned it sepia. Then I put an old film texture over it and blended it, so that the photo looked dirty (Mia and Aidan were actually clean). A few dark edges were added with a 'burnt paper' brush and finally I tore and curled parts of it and edged it with vintage photo distress ink. It's perhaps a tad sharp for an old photo (I forgot to blur it) but it looks better than the brightly coloured original.
My paper is from a large K & Co pad and the paints I used are Decoart Americana vintage white and buttermilk. The two chipboard embellies are also TwiddleyBitz I think, wouldn't swear to it though.
I used a number of dies. Cheery Lynn fence, butterflies and leaves. Memory Box corner die, Marianne Design clock and a Spellbinders sentiment tag. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and Marianne Design.
I only wanted a very subtle crackle finish so I used a one step crackle varnish (although this is a bit too subtle, lol) and I rubbed a bit of brushed corduroy distress ink into them, but that doesn't show much either. The last thing I did was add a few pearls just to finish it off.
So that's it. Now I just have to decide whether to use the stand and put it on a shelf somewhere or hang it on my craft room wall. I have a feeling the wall will win. Finally, I'd like to say hi to Valya, my latest follower. Welcome hun.