It took me a few hours in Photoshop, but I really enjoyed the process. I know some of you can colour in markers like this, but I am much more comfortable digitally. ( I can rub it out) LOL. The sentiment came from the web. The freebie digi paper (link below) has a gradient overlay, I have also used blending and shadows where I felt it was needed. I still have a lot to learn although I am quite happy with how it turned out.
Image "Dragonlets and me" link above.
The freebie cobweb background digi paper Di's Digis