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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.



Shadowbox Class Mockups Finished! (Mane 6)

Journal Entry: Mon Jun 23, 2014, 12:18 PM

Bronycon Shadowbox Workshop

We got the information back from Bronycon and are happy to announce the date and times of our classes. Yes, you read that right! We will be doing TWO shadowbox building classes up at Baltimore to accommodate for the large number of expected attendees. Each class will hold 30 people so 60 people will get to build a paper pony with us! So here is all the vital information you'll need to join us. First, here is a picture of the boxes we will be building:


We're going to be building laughing ponies complete with a sparkly background! You will have your choice of the Mane 6 (available until supplies last). We will post mock-ups of the others a week before the con since that is when we will be creating and cutting them out!

The class will be held Friday and Saturday night from 6:30-8:30 PM. We don't know if you will need the full two hours to build these ponies since we have never done a class of them but plan to be there for the full time.  

The class will cost $10 per kit and that will get you the pony pieces, background, glue, working utensil (toothpick), and tabs. A shadowbox frame is NOT included. All you need to bring is yourself!

We are accepting early sign-ups online so if you know you are coming and need to be in our class, send us an note with :

-Your full name 
-Mane 6 pony of choice (either Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, Applejack
Rainbow Dash or Rarity)
-Which day you plan to attend
-Phone number

We will send back payment information and you must make a payment through Paypal (or arrange something else with us) before your spot is reserved. If you don't have a dA, you may email us at

You can also buy kits at the convention. We will be selling them at our table (Booth 209) both days, however, if you want to guarantee that you get Best Pony, sign up early. 

We have taught this class twice to date and are proud to report that everyone has walked out with a completed pony so no worries about ability. We'll make sure you have a built pony by the end!

We hope you'll join us in Baltimore and build with us. We always have a blast!

*Note that this is sign up for the two classes at Bronycon. You must be going to Bronycon to sign up for this class.*

Bronycon Limited Edition Exclusive

Bronycon 2014 Limited Edition Exclusive Luna by The-Paper-Pony

So here is the thing, there are only 30 of these Lunas . We won't ever be making anymore. You can only purchase this box at Bronycon 2014. Each Luna has a number (1-30) written on the back in silver. When they are gone, they are gone forever, and we won't be accepting orders. 

We realized while creating our Babscon Exclusive that we were telling a story with these exclusive boxes. Nightmare Nights 2013 had Nightmare Moon, Babscon 2014 had a forlorn Celestia looking at the moon so we wanted Bronycon 2014 to finish the tale with Luna busting free from her Nightmare moon shackles. That is what we created here.

Luna's mane is crafted from glitter paper, as is the moon and swirls behind her. White crystals litter the air and her mane. Nightmare Moon's armor is bursting from her body and falling into the air, crafted out of silver mirrorboard. You can see remnants of black fading from the tips of her wings and her cutie mark is in transition from NMM to Luna's normal one. The tears streaming down her face are happy ones. She is finally free. Trust us when we say that this box is a beauty to behold in person. 

We hope you come by booth 209 and check it out. We will be selling the first 15 on Friday and the other 15 on Saturday so make sure you are there early! She will be selling for $80 except for the first edition which will be slightly more and include the original sketch.

Bronycon Charity Auction Pictures!

We are hard at working getting ready for Bronycon. Seriously, if we are going to get the amount of boxes we want to bring done, we’ll have to do 6 a day until it arrives just to make it and that doesn’t count only customs, Bronycon commissions, Etsy sales, VA gifts or charity items. We are PUSHING.

As a result of the craziness known as our life, a few announcements have been pushed to the wayside. So we figured we’d right a big old journal post and make them!

As the title of the post suggests, we wanted to announce our Bronycon Charity Auction Items in the grand fashion they deserve. We have hunted around the community and asked some of our favorite artists to fashion us a piece of artwork of one of the Mane 6 that will be made into a shadowbox. There will only ever be two shadowboxes of each of these pieces. One will go to the artist who designed it and its twin will be donated to the charity auction. That means there will only be ONE COMPLETE set of the Mane 6 that exists in the world and you can only have a chance to bid for it at Bronycon.

Without further ado, here are the pieces and talented artists who have created such amazing art for us to put into shadowbox form:

Samantha “JadedJynx” Silva (:iconjadedjynx:)’s Fluttershy:


Sophie Cabra (:iconsophiecabra:)’s Applejack


John Joseco (:iconjohnjoseco:)’s Rainbow Dash


Cat Whitney (:iconcatwhitney:)’s Twilight Sparkle


Christina “Leekfish” Cornford  (:iconleekfish:)’s Pinkie Pie


Pixelkitties (:iconpixelkitties:)’s Rarity


We will post up the photos of the each box as they are completed and again, these will be exclusive for Bronycon 2014. We asked each artist to create the character of their choice however they wanted and are amazed at what they could come up!


Custom commissions

We are going to be working on a batch custom system in the near future. We have been doing so much convention prep lately that we haven’t had much time for custom which has been killing us since we really like doing them.

We are still slowly working on those on our list and in the upcoming month, will start accepting 5 customs every month. As of right now, customs are still closed. We expect to open them again before Christmas so if you are thinking of a custom Christmas gift for a friend or yourself, be on the look out around October for that announcement!

Where you can find us:

You can find us at the following conventions:

-July 11-13th- Metrocon- Tampa, FL- This is a large Florida anime con. We’ll have a lot of tv stuff, a little bit of anime and of course ponies!

-August 1-3- Bronycon- Baltimore, MD- We will have loads of pony stuff! Look out for a lot of new ponies designs as well as a LIMITED EXCLUSIVE Bronycon 2014 shadowbox!

-August 15-17- Grand Brony Gala- Tampa, Fl- A small Florida Brony convention where we will have as many pony pieces as we can make!

-October 24-26- Nightmare Nights- Addison, TX- We’ll be back in Texas again with loads of pony designs plus an exclusive for 2014!

Commission Status



Awaiting Shipment:

1) :iconsoapboxshouts:
Arnold and Helga
Commission:  Arnold and Helga Shadowbox Mockup by The-Paper-Pony

On My Table:

2) :icontiq27:
Glory Hounds

Commission: Glory Hound by The-Paper-Pony

3) :iconpimander1446:
JadedJynx Contest Winner 2 (COLORS SELECTED)
Contest Winner: Minimalist Dr Whooves Mockup by The-Paper-Pony

4) :iconthunderhawk03:
JadedJynx Contest Winner (COLORS SELECTED)

Contest Winner: OC ThunderHawk Mockup by The-Paper-Pony


Mock Up Completed:

1) Email Commission
Hawkeye Cover
Commission: Hawkeye Comic Cover Shadowbox Mockup by The-Paper-Pony

2) :iconpri1ncessluna:
Celestia Rising the Sun

Commission: Celestia Raising the Sun by The-Paper-Pony

Sketch Completed:

1) :iconfoxchibi:
Dragon Shadowbox Commission: WIP Chaos Emporium shadowbox mockup by The-Paper-Pony :star:

In Development:

1) Etsy User AS
4 Habitat Boxes

2) Email Commission from P
Harry, Hermione and Ron (!!!) and Harley Quinn

3) :iconheatbish:
LoL Rumble

4) Etsy User M
Barber Stuff

5) :iconfrostedair:
Season 4 Alicorn's Magic Scene

6) Etsy User JM
Evangelion Potraits

7) :icontaharon:
Celestia and OC.

8) Etsy User Karen
8th Doctor

9) Etsy User A
Ignite Me Book Cover

10) Etsy User N
Powerpuff Girls box

11) :iconacesleeves:
OC pony


Bronycon Commissions:

1) :iconjadedjynx:
2 boxes of customs of characters

2) :icon7tails:
HUGE box

3) :iconxsjado78:
Roseluck Trade

Christmas List:

1) Etsy User KH
Custom Wedding box

What anime and character would you like to see made into a shadowbox? 

41 deviants said Edward and Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist
25 deviants said Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
23 deviants said Sesshomaru from Inuyasha
23 deviants said Other (leave 1 or 2 character(s) and anime in a comment)
19 deviants said Tuxedo Mask/Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon
18 deviants said Vash the Stampede from Trigun
13 deviants said Chi/Freya from Chobits
11 deviants said Naruto from Naruto
6 deviants said Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess


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AhomeToons Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy shit, your art are so fucking awesome!
CaramelCookie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Hope you don't mind my watch! :la:
PeachCandy Featured By Owner Edited Jul 15, 2014
Hi there!
I wanted to say that I love your style of art - the shadowbox is such a unique medium! I saw you guys at Nightmare Nights in Dallas, TX, and this summer decided to try to make my own shadow box since I couldn't get a commission. It was a lot more work than I expected, but I'm pretty happy with how mine turned out (a picture is below)! I just wanted to say thanks for posting all your work and mock ups, they made a great reference for when I did my own :)!

Also, how do you all take pictures of your shadowboxes :)? I kept having issues where if I had too might light it would glare off the glass :( Thank you!!…
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tristen124 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
hey brian and amber i just got a job and have been saving up and I'm ready to get another shadow box kit ^^
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hey Tristen!  Grats on the new job man.  We're cramming something fierce for Bronycon but may be able to get a kit cut out and sent the last week of July.  Let us know before then which one you wanna try out ok?
tristen124 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Thx and ok I will defiantly get a final thought in before then ^^
weekun Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
hi,i'm watch your video so i watch you!! <33…
PinkPearlApple Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  New member Professional Traditional Artist
 i've never been to a pony con before but i'm going to the gala one because it's on my birthday and during our famil vacation.

i...i wanted to know how much you charge for 2 shadow boxes to buy at the con? i'm sorry for asking.
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No problem! It depends on which two you want. They go from $55-$65 generally and if you are buying two, we can always work a small deal. =)
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