This splash was my first one for Silver Charm. It was really easy to make. I just scraped some edges around the pic of Amber Benson, added the text, 3D-ed the word "Silver" and brought it forward. Piece of cake.
I worked forever on this one. I used about 5 layers, used the colored pencil effect in PSP7, "blinds", and weave. The text being kind of see-thru actually happened on accident. I had been working with some transparent gradients for Miraculous Love and they had stuck around when I was adding the text for this splash. Kind of neat huh?
I created two images of the alyssa pic, then blurred one w/motion blur, then using the unsharpen effect in the "sharpen" menu I moved up the settings to like, 40's or something and unsharpened it. Then I pasted that image onto another un-effected one of Alyssa as a layer. Then I just erased lightly so that it sort of blended the images. The text was just a simple thing. I had done so much already I didn't feel like working with fonts and effects very much so I smacked some words on top. Never underestimate simplicity.