It's been a long time, so I forget how long it took, but I don't think it was THAT bad. Not a lot of tiny detail, nice big cuts overall. I think my main issue was keeping the paper from moving around with my basically turning it into shreds. I wanted a definite "wider" up close to "narrow" in the distance feeling to help with the perspective, but a few waves got "wider" as I cut, so I lost some of that. Overall, I like the mood. I remember NOT liking it when I first did it (which is probably why I forgot about it), but I like it better now.
Is there a way you're supposed to attach the cut paper to some sort of matting in the background? I just noticed I can sort of see some shadows from the blue layer on the white background, and I'm not quite sure if it's supposed to be like that or if there's a way to prevent it? I'm sure most glue would bleed through the paper, so... just curious
Different people secure their cuttings different ways. You're right, glues usually seep through, and while not showing a coloration mark, you can sometimes see the area it was applied to. I've seen some use wallpaper paste, some use glue stick (which is less watery). Some sandwich the cutting between two pieces of plexiglass so it's REALLY obvious it's a paper cutting. I just secure the edges and lightly apply some glue stick only where it really needs it. I like the effect of the paper sticking up - it's cut paper after all, and I want people to see that. If I glue everything down, visually it might as well be a print.
I think I know why ... all my other stuff I scanned in and the top portion of the scanner mashes it flat. For the odd photo I took (of some of the larger pieces) I always take them straight on. My father took this photo, and to avoid reflection and glare in the glass, he laid it down flat on a table and took the shot at a low angle. I corrected the perspective in Photoshop, but the shadows still reflect the view of looking "up" at the cutting, which increases the angle and depth of the shadows.