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Shadowboxes

1) What is a shadowbox?

Our shadowboxes are cardstock layered into deep frames to create a 3-D image.

2) What materials do you use?

Cardstock paper (scrapbooking paper), adhesive foam dots, rubber cement, hobby knives/exacto knives, Silhouette Cameo and lots and lot of glitter.

3) Do you cut these by hand?

The short answer is no. We used to but like plushie makers use sewing machines, we have purchased a die-cutting machine to help us produce faster, more quality work.

4) I want to try building one of my own. Got any tips?

You are welcome to try building a shadowbox of your own. All we ask is that if you saw it here, to credit us for the idea. If you're looking for further instruction, you are more than welcome to sign up for one of our shadowbox classes (more details under the header "Shadowbox Classes")

5) Can you make a shadowbox of my OC?

Yes, we can. Please contact us through dA, Etsy, email or Twitter and give us either some reference photos or a detailed description of your OC plus any ideas on how you would like it (in our Sleepy version, filly version or some other way). We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

6) What if I want a design you've already done/something different that isn't my OC?

Contact us either through dA, Etsy, email or Twitter and send us a reference photo with a detailed description of what you want. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.

7) How long does it take you to respond?

It really depends on but it shouldn't take us longer than 5 days to respond to you. If we haven't by then, feel free to get back in touch with us (sometimes things slip through the cracks but we try our best to be thorough about these sort of things).

8) How will I know if I'm on your list?

We have a widget on the opposite column of this page that we keep accurately updated all the time. If your name/commission appears on it, then you are on our list.

9) How much is my shadowbox going to cost?

That's generally up to you. Our shadowboxes start at $45 (for a 12x12 frame) to $50 (for an 11x14 frame) and go up depending on what you want in the box. Keep in mind that the more detailed your request (i.e. characters with a lot of clothing or really detailed backgrounds) the more expensive it will be. For more details, check out our "Shadowbox Commission Info" above. We do our best to get you an accurate price as soon as possible but a lot of the projects need to be sketched up before we can determine a pricing amount. If this is something you're concerned about, please let us know up front and we'll try to work with you.

10) How long does it take for you to build my box?

That depends on our list. If we are going to a convention, the wait time is drastically longer but we'll let you know up front. Generally speaking, it shouldn't take longer than a month for custom work and two weeks for designs already created (unless we are swamped). However, a lot of this process depends on how quickly you approve the sketches for custom work and purchase the boxes.

11) But I want to get a shadowbox for "x event" which is only in a few weeks!

If you have an event coming up that you need a shadowbox by, we'll do our very best to get it to you in time. Let us know the date you need it by and we'll work our hardest to have it done before then.

12) What are the typical size frames you use?

Generally speaking, we put most things in a 12x12 frame. For taller things, like human characters, we will always suggest an 11x14. For fillies, we usually do 8x10s. There are larger or smaller frames available depending on what you want. If you want something else, please let us know when you contact us for more options.

13) How does custom commissions work?

When you contact us, we'll make sure we understand what you are asking. Afterwards, we will draw up a sketch of what you have asked for and get back to you. When you approved the sketch, we'll then start on a mock-up (which is a full color digital work) of your box. We'll contact you with that (which is exactly what you're shadowbox will look like minus the layers) at which point payment is due. After payment is received we will build your shadowbox. You have full control to alter things throughout the process.

14) Do your shadowboxes come with a frame?

Yes, they come ready to hang on the wall!

15) Do you ship internationally?

Yes, we ship everywhere in the US, Canada and internationally.

16) What happens if my shadowbox arrives broken?

If something happens to your box in the mail, please let us know and we'll work with you get it fixed.

Shadowboxes Classes

1) What is a shadowbox class?

A shadowbox class is the perfect way for you to get tips on how we make our shadowboxes and ask us your questions. When you sign up, we provide a kit with all the pieces of your pre-selected pony as well as a few sheets of tabs (this usually costs around $20-$25 plus shipping). Then on the date and time provided we all meet up online and build together. We'll answer all your questions while instructing you on how to build your pony.

2) When are shadowbox classes/how do I get updates?

We will update our dA journal with all the information on when the next shadowbox class will be occurring and what the subject matter will be. We'll also update on Twitter and Facebook about the class at that time.

In the next few weeks, we'll try to put out a schedule detailing dates and subject matter for the next few months.

3) I'm not very crafty. Can I still build one?

Yes! As long as you can follow instructions, you shouldn't have a problem building with us. Just make sure to pay attention to our difficulty rating system and select something with a lower difficultly rating if you are unsure about your skill level.

4) How much do they cost?

In our kit, we provide the cut out of your selected character and two sheets of tabs. These kits will range from $20-$25 (plus shipping) depending on the type of paper we use. You will be responsible for purchasing a shadowbox frame, hobby knife, rubber cement, background sheet of cardstock (if applicable) and additional tabs (if applicable).

5) How long do they take?

It depends on the material. Usually they take 2 hours but for more difficult classes, it could be up to 4. We'll let you know in our dA journal.

6) How does the class work?

When you sign up, we'll send you a kit in the mail. On the allotted night, we'll all meet up on JustinTV at the allotted time and begin building!

7) What if I'm missing something in my kit?

We ask in an email that you let us know when you receive your kit and to make sure all the pieces are included. However, if you can't tell, you can let us know at any time and we'll get your missing piece in the mail to you.

8) What if I can't make the class?

If you can't make the class, we'll arrange another way to instruct you should you feel you need the instruction. The stream is available about three days after the class. However, we strongly urge that you attend the class to get the fullest experience out of your purchase.

9) Are spaces limited?

Yes, at this time we are only allowing 20 slots for the class so sign up quickly when the announcement are made.

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11x14 Fairy Tail Natsu and Lucy Mock-Up by The-Paper-Pony
11x14 Fairy Tail Natsu and Lucy Mock-Up
Here's mock-up for a request shadowbox we received of Natsu and Lucy. Since we're big fans of the show, we were really excited to make this one! We'll be turning this into a paper cut shadowbox soon!
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2016 Babscon Exclusive Shadowbox Mock-ups by The-Paper-Pony
2016 Babscon Exclusive Shadowbox Mock-ups
We have begun work on our 2016 convention shadowboxes and these two lovelies will be our Babscon 2016 exclusive shadowboxes. This means that they are only available to con-goers or our Patreons.

Luna and Celestia will be made individual 12x12 shadowboxes. We were inspired by a traditional Japanese art style and can't wait to see how it translates into paper!
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Nightmare Nights 2015

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 5, 2015, 12:03 PM
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We cannot believe it is almost Nightmare Nights again! This year has flown by! For those of you that follow us on Twitter, you know that we recently just moved and before we knew it we were late prepping for Nightmare Nights. Unfortunately, this year only Mrs. Paper Pony (and two wonderful helpers) will be attending as Mr. Paper Pony has to stay back for work. However, we will still be doing all the things we usually do at cons like selling, teaching our class and will also have a con exclusive. So let's go over the important stuff now so you know where to find us at the third year of Nightmare Nights!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Vendor Hall Map

NMND-2015-1024x967 by The-Paper-Pony

We really hope that if you are attending, you'll drop by the vendor hall and say hello! We've highlighted our space in red so you should be able to find us pretty easily. There are a lot of wonderful vendors attending this year so definitely make stopping by the hall part of your day. You're bound to see some incredible stuff!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Exclusive Shadowbox

Nightmare Nights 2015 Exclusive Luna Mock-up by The-Paper-Pony

For our exclusive this year, we decided to represent Luna from the newest season of MLP. We thought her episode was very moving and wanted to showcase it in a box. As with all of our convention exclusives, this box is only available at Nightmare Nights 2015. Once the convention is over, we won't be making the design anymore and you must be present (or have someone that is present) to buy it. A few of these will also be available to our Patrons!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Charity Auction Set

We decided to do a set of four shadowboxes for Nightmare Nights this year. We really enjoy collaborating with other artists to bring their work into the paper realm and thought the theme of Nightmare Nights offered up some really fun possiblities. For these, we chose four characters: Celestia, Luna, Discord and Chrysalis and asked the artists to put them into costumes. The artists picked for this collaboration were :iconleekfish:, :iconjadedjynx: and :icongrennadder:. We provided the final piece of art. For these, the artists decided to make the backgrounds match which we thought was really cool. JaDeDJynX designed a staircase so you'll notice that hers and Grennadder's piece both are at the ends of the staircase and LeekFish's and ours are at the top. They also decided to each add an animal element into the design that is associated with Halloween!

The cool thing about these is all of them will be available as prints!

We have to say, these pieces really took our breath away!

Princess Celestia by The Paper Pony
Untitled-1 by The-Paper-Pony

For Celestia, we debated a Greek Goddess theme or something Egyptian but in the end, we thought a Cleopatra vibe would work best for her, especially since we wanted to incorporate in a snake for her. We will end up shading this is making it into a print which will also be auctioned off with the shadowboxes. We plan on using a lot of mirrorboard and glitter paper for her! We wanted her to have a really soft look so we chose a relaxed and regal pose for her!

Princess Luna by LeekFish 
t66 O9ij by The-Paper-Pony

We can tell you from firsthand account that Leekfish spent a lot of time selecting colors to give Luna the perfect palette. With all the ruffles, bows and that mane, this box is going to be stuffed full of things to look at and of course, glitter! We love her expression here and all the Magical Girl inspiration of the outfit and pose. Plus that black cat in the corner is so cute! We can't wait to turn this into paper.

Discord by Grennadder  
tVPyKmSn by The-Paper-Pony

In Grenadder's piece, Discord makes the perfect Mad Hatter. We love the whimsy of his pose and all the different fabric designs on his patches really pulls this look together. Plus, who can resist the little spider sitting in his cup like its a bath? The twisted and winding staircase in the background and slanted window really fit with the topsy-turvy theme of the Hatter.

Chrysalis by Jadedjynx
Unnamed by The-Paper-Pony

JadedJynx wanted to go for a Lolita/vampire feel for Chrysalis and we think she knocked it out of the park. We're not sure our work will be able to capture all of the detail but we will do our best. From the patterns on her dress to the gorgeously detailed ribbons threading through it at the bottom, this piece screams classic gothic! Her animal was bats!

As always, we will only make two copies of these boxes. One for the artist and one for the charity auction. Only the person who bids will have the complete set!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Shadowbox Workshop

We are having a workshop again this year. We'll be able to announce more details in a few days but I can say that it will be on Friday, October 23rd, at 6 PM in Chinaberry . The cost per kit will be $15 to include a 5x7 shadowbox frame. We have recently been doing silhouettes in our classes but this new design might be a tad more complex (still easy enough for a beginner). We will be releasing more details shortly!

Class Roster:


That's all the stuff you need to know in order to see us at Nightmare Nights! We look forward to seeing a lot of you again and meeting some of you for the first time!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Exclusive Luna Mock-up by The-Paper-Pony
Nightmare Nights 2015 Exclusive Luna Mock-up
This is the mock up for our 2015 Nightmare Nights shadowbox.

We wanted to represent Luna's nightmare in the Season 5, episode 13 because we really felt that was a wonderful episode that revealed a lot about Luna's character. This is likely the only time we will be making the Tantabus in a shadowbox.

As with all of our exclusives, this design will only be available at Nightmare Nights and a few will be available via Patreon.
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11x14 Natsu Dragneel Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
11x14 Natsu Dragneel Shadowbox
Etsy listing: www.etsy.com/listing/249142615…

Here is one of our newer designs. We created it to give the English VA Todd Haberkorn a copy and to get one signed for our own wall.

We started watching Fairytail this year and fell in love with the show so we've been wanted to create boxes for it!

The trim on Natsu's clothing is all crafted from gold mirrorboard so it shines. His scarf is made from glitter as are the flames coming from his hands and on the background. We wanted to make a box with him in a strong fighting stance. Overall, we're really happy with how this turned out! Every detail is crafted from paper.
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Nightmare Nights 2015

Journal Entry: Mon Oct 5, 2015, 12:03 PM
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We cannot believe it is almost Nightmare Nights again! This year has flown by! For those of you that follow us on Twitter, you know that we recently just moved and before we knew it we were late prepping for Nightmare Nights. Unfortunately, this year only Mrs. Paper Pony (and two wonderful helpers) will be attending as Mr. Paper Pony has to stay back for work. However, we will still be doing all the things we usually do at cons like selling, teaching our class and will also have a con exclusive. So let's go over the important stuff now so you know where to find us at the third year of Nightmare Nights!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Vendor Hall Map

NMND-2015-1024x967 by The-Paper-Pony

We really hope that if you are attending, you'll drop by the vendor hall and say hello! We've highlighted our space in red so you should be able to find us pretty easily. There are a lot of wonderful vendors attending this year so definitely make stopping by the hall part of your day. You're bound to see some incredible stuff!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Exclusive Shadowbox

Nightmare Nights 2015 Exclusive Luna Mock-up by The-Paper-Pony

For our exclusive this year, we decided to represent Luna from the newest season of MLP. We thought her episode was very moving and wanted to showcase it in a box. As with all of our convention exclusives, this box is only available at Nightmare Nights 2015. Once the convention is over, we won't be making the design anymore and you must be present (or have someone that is present) to buy it. A few of these will also be available to our Patrons!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Charity Auction Set

We decided to do a set of four shadowboxes for Nightmare Nights this year. We really enjoy collaborating with other artists to bring their work into the paper realm and thought the theme of Nightmare Nights offered up some really fun possiblities. For these, we chose four characters: Celestia, Luna, Discord and Chrysalis and asked the artists to put them into costumes. The artists picked for this collaboration were :iconleekfish:, :iconjadedjynx: and :icongrennadder:. We provided the final piece of art. For these, the artists decided to make the backgrounds match which we thought was really cool. JaDeDJynX designed a staircase so you'll notice that hers and Grennadder's piece both are at the ends of the staircase and LeekFish's and ours are at the top. They also decided to each add an animal element into the design that is associated with Halloween!

The cool thing about these is all of them will be available as prints!

We have to say, these pieces really took our breath away!

Princess Celestia by The Paper Pony
Untitled-1 by The-Paper-Pony

For Celestia, we debated a Greek Goddess theme or something Egyptian but in the end, we thought a Cleopatra vibe would work best for her, especially since we wanted to incorporate in a snake for her. We will end up shading this is making it into a print which will also be auctioned off with the shadowboxes. We plan on using a lot of mirrorboard and glitter paper for her! We wanted her to have a really soft look so we chose a relaxed and regal pose for her!

Princess Luna by LeekFish 
t66 O9ij by The-Paper-Pony

We can tell you from firsthand account that Leekfish spent a lot of time selecting colors to give Luna the perfect palette. With all the ruffles, bows and that mane, this box is going to be stuffed full of things to look at and of course, glitter! We love her expression here and all the Magical Girl inspiration of the outfit and pose. Plus that black cat in the corner is so cute! We can't wait to turn this into paper.

Discord by Grennadder  
tVPyKmSn by The-Paper-Pony

In Grenadder's piece, Discord makes the perfect Mad Hatter. We love the whimsy of his pose and all the different fabric designs on his patches really pulls this look together. Plus, who can resist the little spider sitting in his cup like its a bath? The twisted and winding staircase in the background and slanted window really fit with the topsy-turvy theme of the Hatter.

Chrysalis by Jadedjynx
Unnamed by The-Paper-Pony

JadedJynx wanted to go for a Lolita/vampire feel for Chrysalis and we think she knocked it out of the park. We're not sure our work will be able to capture all of the detail but we will do our best. From the patterns on her dress to the gorgeously detailed ribbons threading through it at the bottom, this piece screams classic gothic! Her animal was bats!

As always, we will only make two copies of these boxes. One for the artist and one for the charity auction. Only the person who bids will have the complete set!

Nightmare Nights 2015 Shadowbox Workshop

We are having a workshop again this year. We'll be able to announce more details in a few days but I can say that it will be on Friday, October 23rd, at 6 PM in Chinaberry . The cost per kit will be $15 to include a 5x7 shadowbox frame. We have recently been doing silhouettes in our classes but this new design might be a tad more complex (still easy enough for a beginner). We will be releasing more details shortly!

Class Roster:


That's all the stuff you need to know in order to see us at Nightmare Nights! We look forward to seeing a lot of you again and meeting some of you for the first time!

Commission Status

:star:ALL CUSTOM COMMISSIONS ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:star:

Who should be our Bronycon 2015 exclusive? 

52%
101 deviants said Vinyl Scratch and Octavia set
29%
57 deviants said Princess Luna and Princess Celestia set
13%
25 deviants said Princess Luna
3%
6 deviants said Other (comment below)
3%
5 deviants said Vinyl Scratch

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:iconstarfiregal92:
starfiregal92 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could you tell me what brand of adhesive foam you use and the thickness amount? Thank you
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flakyfan19 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
Do you happen to take requests on your paper art?
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Lexyrox Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like your work.
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:iconwayne90:
wayne90 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
I made a shadow box for my boyfriend's Christmas gift. Thanks for the inspiration!

www.reddit.com/r/mylittlepony/…
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:iconthe-paper-pony:
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That turned out wonderful! I'm sure your b/f will love it!
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xbox432 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
Got your Everfree NW Luna exclusive and just thought I'd say again how beautiful it is. Thank you for the awesome swag!
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Luna-Sweety Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2015
I came to you to wish you good luck!
I don't know why, I just wanna be kind to all friends that I have here)
Have a nice day my friend) Greetings from Ukraine and all of Ukrainian soldiers!)Huggle! Party 
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Page-Turner-the-Pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Are you coming to Nightmare Nights this year? I would think you would have said something by now if you were.
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The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
We certainly are! Been super busy with prep and juggling a move into the mix. We'll have a workshop announcement going up for Nightmare Nights soon as well :)
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Page-Turner-the-Pony Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! can't wait to see what you've put together.
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