After scanning some really soft acrylic-painted backgrounds, I added brushes in Photoshop Elements. I love, love brushes! Can't get enough of them! Then I played with layer styles. These two use both overlay and hard light styles on their own layers.
Here I used several Rhonna Farrer Vintage Photo2 brushes and added more color to the heart. I really liked this light blue, which I found accidentally while playing digital color and brushes