the balloon started it all, again a paper embellishment found at Treasured Memories in Edmonton Alberta. http://treasuredmemories.typepad.com
what i loved about the balloon was the Alberta or Bust! As any scrapbooker from Alberta knows you don't find scrapbook material for Alberta! so yah!
Then i was googling a techniques how to use distress paint and i found this fabulous tutorial from Mr. Tim Holtz how to create a patina finish