Well, here I am thinking of things to go on baby shirts and bibs and little cards that are cute and cozy. So here is how I went about doing it. KISS. Keep it simple stupid. That is my main motto to myself. Simple lines simple colors and remember cute large eyes helps. I am sure that you too will find or have and idea of what is silly and brings a smile to your face if not a chuckle.
I start in Illustrator CS2 and create some simple line drawings and a couple of brush strokes of color and vola your done. Now then I move on over to the photoshop aspect of the image because there is where I use a great filter ..... rust... found in Alien Skin ( a separate purchase but well worth it) then I remove a lot of it with the eraser of your choice. I use a scatter eraser so it leaves a bit of the rust behind so that it provides a texture and some color. I also put on a adjustment of sepia so that it ages it just a touch. Then another layer (please work in separate layers so that you can throw them away if you did not get the look that you like). This layer will be for the type. I pick some aspect of the image that is a important part of it or relates to the image itself. I then type that in a frame around the image. And there you have it. I will post these items on Cafe Press so that you can see the outcome. Hope you like it but remember this is not the only way to do things and that is what is great about art no set way. Just have fun and be creative.