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You can apply a drop shadow to your “clip group” object, but a stroke can't be applied to a mask or a group without also applying it to the children. To get the same effect, you could drill into the clip group (double click), select your clipping path, copy, then drill back out to the main view and hit Ctrl+F for Paste in Front, which will paste the exact ...
If I am understanding you correctly, what you want to do is apply the outline and drop shadow to the mask, not to the underlying image. The mask is your graphic. The image is just decorating the mask. The outline and drop shadow also decorate the mask.
If you just want the same object of different color then you can use blending option Steps Select your layer and Double click on it(or Right Click > Blending Options) From The layer style dialog box check Color Overlay and select your color That's it you dont need to do any thing else
copy poly (ctrl+c) paste in place (ctrl+f) bring it (mask - new poly) in front of all graphics that you want to mask ( ctrl + shift + ] ). select all that you want to mask and hit ctrl+7. Note 1: if object have some fill and stroke it will lose it if that object became a mask (after ctrl+7). Steps 1 and 2 are for that reason... Note 2: You can change ...
As AndrewH mentioned in the comments, this should indeed not be a problem. Are you sure the path your will be using as the mask is on top of the flowers? In your illustration it isn't. When instructed to make a clipping mask, Illustrator clips the bottom object with the top path. In your case, if the top path is a group, it will refuse service.
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