Die-cut shapes can look very flat when they are first cut, but it’s easy to give them more impact. Try shading the edges of the die-cut shapes with ink and a blending tool – a quick technique that gives a nice 3D finish. Shade on just one side to create a faux-shadow effect.
This works well on shapes with detailed edges, like a tree.
If you want more impact, create the shadow with dark-coloured paper. Diecut
the shape (or letter, as in the card here) twice, once in patterned paper and once in dark grey paper. Layer with the darker piece underneath and positioned so it’s just peeping out on one side. Remember to keep the shadow on the same side of each letter and to keep them all the same width.