Below are examples of some of the blending modes using the "Bewitched" alpha and dark paper that I used in my layout below. Only these are without a drop shadow.
Same thing only using a drop shadow with these settings: offset vertical: 5; offset horizontal: 5; opacity: 80; blur: 25; color: 0d0d0d.
Switching to "You don't scare me" by the designers at Godigital are examples using wordart on a light background.
And on a neutral to dark background with and without drop shadows.
Or how about a glitter frame.. I'm using one by New Life's Dreams over several pictures and with a drop shadow.
Take time to try them out with alphas, fonts, elements and even photos. I have found that I don't want the item I'm applying the blend to, to be pure white or pure black. Dodge works better on dark colors; while burn works better on lighter colors. Experiment and I would love to see how you use them.
Brenda Mascari. Tooty Pup Scraps & Designed by Stina; Font: Chiller