When I do a manipulation of a photograph I do lots of versions. As I have said before, sometimes I think the first one I do is really good and then I go on and do more and more things to it and I save lots of versions and by the end I usually find that I no longer like my first one because the others are better. Don't stop when you think you have a good manipulation - save it and keep going.
Here are a couple of versions of a flower I was messing about with today. Which one do you like? Send me a comment - I'd love to know!