"A Pixie Tea", was created from a plain black and white vintage photo from the Turn of the 19th century. But when I looked at it, I saw magic waiting to show through, so I added bits and pieces from vintage postcards I had, along with a variety of design elements and artistic effects on photoshop, paint shop pro, etc. I even added a collaged postcard I created, as the framed center picture. The tiny postcard image in the center that I created was a base postcard from: Eclectic Gipsyland, here on flickr, she has a lovely array of vintage images, thanks for letting me use that.
This main picture came from my own collection of pre-1923 vintage copyright free imagery. At the final stage of this piece, I accidentally hit a gradient tool in photoshop and boom, the image was done.
"Would you like some tea Lady Sophie?", "Why certainly Lady Penelope, with cream and two cherry sugar cubes!" "I'll have Mr.Beardsly bring us some scones to accompany our tea!" ---From "A Pixie Tea" By: Lisa Kettell