lovetostamp3....Don't forget you an stamp on the images you cut to give them extra dimension. Run the pieces through a manual machine with a Cuttlebug embossing folder for even more dimension and texture. There really is no end to what you can do. Taking the classes is also a good way to learn.
VABCH....True the Shadow feature is only on certain cartridges, but I guess I find them on the ones I especially want. Also, if you cut the base image a 1/4 inch larger, most times you can use that as the Shadow for the image. It may not be exact, but is pretty darn close usually.