I've been working on cut-out map shadowboxes recently, but so far haven't come up with anything I'm extremely satisfied with. While I keep working, here's what I've made so far. I designed a two-level shadowbox with cut-outs in both layers, but when I put them together the result was too busy:
Because both layers were individually designed, I figured I should separate them and make individual shadowboxes, like the one I already have. Unfortunately the shadows don't really work that well -- maybe the work is too far from the background, or the light is just wrong?