Make a pattered image like a brick wall look like text is popping out of it.
Instead of popping out, you can make the text look like it's going inside the wall by by making the shadow thicker on top than on bottom.
See how to create patterned trims around any path, and learn the paisley design.
The red tear drop outline (path) can be seen by pressing the button "Show path outline" in the top right of the window.
Following this tutorial will show you how to put fractals to use by creating branches for a tree.
Make nice colorful text with outlines.