I decided to use the picture as a black and white since they were all wearing completely different colors of clothes and I also wanted to picture to work well on my layout of muted colors.
I played around a bit with my Faber-Castell Gelatos and crackle distress paint and look at the wonderful results I got. I used to it to color my artisan elements and also to create the pink border and circle of pink on the background page. I just applied the pigment to the paper, sprayed with water, and then blended it in with my finger. Below is a tutorial for how I distress colored my frame corners like the one pictured below.
Distressing with Gelatos
1) Supplies - surface to distress (chipboard, sticker, resin, artisan elements, etc) I used artisan elements
gelatos in your choice of color
distress crackle paint
2) Paint your surface with crackle paint - let air dry, if you use a heating tool it will not crackle as much and make your paint bubble. I used tattered rose as my color.
3) Cover the surface after the paint has dried with your choice of gelato colors, 2 to 3 is good. Rub the pigments into your surface, trying to enhance the cracks giving it an aged look. I used guava and metallic melon.
4) Play with the colors and how much pigment you apply until you achieve your desired look.
Layout made for Frosted Designs - had on over and play along!!
Momenta Products Used:
ST-4826 - black alpha letters
ST-4788 - black numbers