the Challenge Accepted is having a challenge right now. Criteria: Must be a postcard with a sea side scene. MAY NOT BE STRAIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY. Must include some wording, textures or other items which show that it is a postcard.
I took one of my favorite beach scenes from Ocean Grove NJ, opened it in PowerPoint. Added some clip art of silhouette palm trees to put on the jetty. added some shells on the side and then text. Of course Ocean Grove does not have palm trees – this was for fun and the idea is that you can make any place your paradise! saved as jpg and then opened in ipiccy to add texture, which I then saturated the colors and applied multiply in hue for this fun result.