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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.



Nightmare Nights 2014 and More

Journal Entry: Sat Sep 27, 2014, 9:37 PM
Nightmare Nights is almost upon us. Yup, that's right. Nightmare Nights is a Texas convention and the dates are October 24th-26th . We will be returning for another year of fun. Among some of the guests attending are Tabitha St Germain (the VA for Rarity and Luna), Britt McKilip (VA for Cadence), M.A. Larson, G.M. Berrow and more!

We will be vending at Nightmare Nights again this year and hope to see you there.  Here is where we are in the vendor hall.

We'll be bringing a few new designs with us, including an entire new set of Mane 6 boxes:

Stained Glass Mane 6 Mock Up by The-Paper-Pony  

We will also have a wide variety of frame sizes and priced items to choose from. We are planning a Shadowbolts Design as well as some very small and adorable CMC boxes!

2014 Nightmare Nights Exclusive

We have also completed our 2014 Nightmare Nights Exclusive design. This box will be $70 and will only be available to those who attend the convention. We will be bringing 20 with us and will accept orders ONLY AT THE CONVENTION if we run out of stock. Don't forget too, that Tabitha St Germain will be there so it is a perfect thing for her to sign!

Nightmare Nights 2014 Exclusive Shadowbox Mock Up by The-Paper-Pony

2014 Nightmare Nights Class

We will also being doing a class this year. There will be 30 slots available. We have decided that we will be doing Luna and Celestia busts in 5 x 7 size and the really excited part is we will be providing a frame for each one! Though we do not have any details yet as to what time and which day our class is, we do know it will be after vendor hall hours one of the days.

We are still trying to work out how much each frame will cost but we are thinking the class will be between $10 to $15 . We'll announce more exact details and start taking sign ups for the class in a little while. Again, 30 slots, 15 Luna and 15 Celestia. First come, first serve. 

Class Roster:

Cutie Art Crusaders Podcast

For any of you that listen to the Cutie Art Crusaders, we will be appearing on their podcast soon (we'll put the exact date when we have those details but in the next two weeks). While we are on that show, we will premiere the finished products of the Stained Glass Mane 6 boxes (we have a few done and guys, they are pretty). We will also be announcing our plans for collabs this year and we are really excited! We want to gush over the amazing artists that have come together again this year to help us donate pieces of art for charity! You'll here it there first so please make sure to listen!

Commission Status




1) Etsy User JM
Evangelion Portraits
Evangelion Shinji Portrait Mock Up by The-Paper-Pony
Evangelion Rei Portrait Mock Up by The-Paper-Pony
Evangelion Asuka Portrait Mock Up by The-Paper-Pony

2) :iconwcclark:

Awaiting Shipment:

1) Email KP
Katara, Zuko/Katara
The Last Airbender: Katara Shadowbox by The-Paper-Pony
Gala Rarity
Zuko/Katara shadowbox

On My Table:


Mock Up Completed:

1) Email Commission from P
Harry and Hermione and Harley Quinn
Harry and Hermione Shadowbox Mock up by The-Paper-Pony
Commission:  Harley Quinn Shadowbox Mock-up by The-Paper-Pony

2) Etsy User A
Ignite Me Book Cover

3) :iconfrostedair:
Season 4 Alicorn's Magic Scene
Commission: Twilight's Kingdom Shadowbox Mockup by The-Paper-Pony

Sketch Completed:

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

1) Etsy User R
Rarity, Pinkie and RD in front of Disney castle

In Development:

1) Etsy User AS
4 Habitat Boxes (X)

2) :icontaharon:
Celestia and OC.

3) Etsy User Karen
8th Doctor

4) Etsy User N
Powerpuff Girls box

5) :iconacesleeves:
OC pony

6) :iconmunchforlunch:
Ghost box

7) Etsy User KK
Cadence and Twilight

8) Email User
Link boxes forever

9) :iconPete933:
2 OCs

10) :iconchuchurei:
Nightmare Rarity

11) Etsy PJ
4 Princesses

12) :iconanimatedmelchior:
Samurai Champloo

Nightmare Nights Trade:

1) :iconscrwloose:
Anna and Stitch

2) :iconstudioneko:
Toothless Trade

3) :icondrawponies:
Royal Sisters Box

Christmas List:

1) Etsy User KH
Custom Wedding box

2) :iconmoonflower-lights:
11th Doctor and River Song

3) :iconjeweledfaith:
2 gifts

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

45 deviants said Edward and Alphonse from Fullmetal Alchemist
33 deviants said Madoka from Puella Magi Madoka Magica
31 deviants said Sesshomaru from Inuyasha
30 deviants said Other (leave 1 or 2 character(s) and anime in a comment)
23 deviants said Vash the Stampede from Trigun
22 deviants said Tuxedo Mask/Sailor Moon from Sailor Moon
14 deviants said Chi/Freya from Chobits
13 deviants said Naruto from Naruto
7 deviants said Belldandy from Ah! My Goddess


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QueenLilSis Featured By Owner 6 days ago
I'm not sure if you've answered this question somewhere, but what software do you use to make the mockups? They are great works of art in their own right!

I just stumbled upon your dA page and I am in awe of your breathtaking skills! I'm sort of edging toward the paper-artistry set (I make ultrasound frames to sell on Etsy) but I have yet to do anything on this level! You've inspired me to try some new things! Thank you!
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have been watching your work for a long time now, but I don't think I have ever commented. I just wanted to say I love your work - it's beautiful and unique!
KarNYCLoAMR Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Professional Artist
Hope to see you at Ponycon NYC this February! Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna Clapping Pony Icon - Rarity Clapping Pony Icon - Vinyl Scratch Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon Clapping Pony Icon - Soarin - Wonderbolt Uniform 
ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
your style is amazing n_n
tristen124 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014… Heres the finished rd ^^  thank you guys so much
tristen124 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Hello brain and amber ^^ how are you doing
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Pretty good man, how about yourself?
tristen124 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
guess not thats ok ^^
The-Paper-Pony Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I sent a note with details :)
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tristen124 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
I am doing great I was just wandering if I can get a sleeping rd kit ? If not I under star completely ^^
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