I don't remember what my initial idea was. Probably it was the version with a girl in a bathtub. I contacted a very competent artist in Holland to do the drawing but I guess language was a barrier. I couldn't find a photo nor a vector graphic. I came up with one with bubbles. That didn't work. Then I found a stock illustration. Settled. Not thrilled with it but these things are only temporary anyway. For me. Geez, if I paid $300 I'd keep the thing forever.
Then I was going through some old postcards and found a girl in a bathtub. It doesn't scream vintage to me even if it is so I thought I'd give it a whirl for a couple weeks or until the end of the year. I'm going to put it on BN for now, Amazon later or never. I don't have to make up my mind this afternoon.
I had a vintage postage image. I tweaked it in Lightroom, brightened it, clarified it and hit it with the luminance function to remove all the noise that had accumulated in the last 100 years. I suppose I could have attempted to tint her pink or something. It always looks so phony.
In Photoshop, I lifted the girl and tub off the original background and turned it into a PNG file (no background).
For the background I used a gradient fill I had made for something else, then hit that with a mild Gaussian blur.
I made a new layer and placed the PNG on that.
I made new layer for the background bubbles. (Best not to work on the original image. Use layers in case you screw up.) The bubbles are a Photoshop brush I got from somewhere on the net. Google Photoshop bubbles brushes. You'll find them. Download the file then click to open. Photoshop will do the rest for you.
I made a new layer for the title. In Blending Options, I hit that with a small stroke using a gradient I had made for something else. This is how you get the bubbles behind the text.
I made a new layer for the foreground bubbles. This is how you get the bubbles on top of the text.
I made a new layer for my name.