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Last updated on Nov 26, 2017

Etsy's Original Handmade Arcade Shadow Box



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About GlitchArtwork

Sales 5,270
On Etsy since 2015
Video summary: Here's me making a shadowbox! Includes the big reveal of the secret ingredient.

The Inventor of Retro Arcade Shadowboxes!

I could see what the golden era game designers were going for. They wanted depth in their games, but the limits of old-school hardware didn’t quite let their vision out of the screen. They could simulate depth by using techniques such as parallax scrolling—and it was awesome!

I wanted to pay tribute to these designers, programmers, artists, and visionaries. They did so much with so little. They took tiny grids of pixels and turned them into magic—space ships, heroes, monsters—all the wondrous fantasy elements, firing the player’s imagination.

There were a handful of other 3D shadowbox artists, but they were using automatic craft paper cutting machines, leaving the whole 3D effect kind of, well, flat. Plus, their offerings were really expensive considering that the cost of materials was just pennies. Why were they so flat? Why were they so expensive?

We quit our day jobs, and Glitch Artwork was born!

With a whole lot of kind engineering support, we invented a new method to make these designs POP out. Everything’s done on layers of 3/16th inch foamcore board, not paper or cardstock. Layers are built upon one another, until the 3D sculpture inside the shadowbox comes to life. Generally we fill the ENTIRE depth of the shadowbox with layers of art, for maximum “pop.”

(If you’d like more details on exactly how these thing are created, I made a video detailing the whole process. The first photo at the top of the page is actually a video. Take a look if you’d like.)

We love to carefully construct scenes from old-school arcade and console games. At Glitch, all the heroes pop out. You put them on your wall.

Shop members

  • Jill


    Administrative and management Goddess.

  • T-Bone Forest


    Creator of the original arcade shadowbox! A manufacturing and design guru whose artistic tendencies who finally hit critical mass. He enjoys enjoys building things, playing guitars, horsing around with computers, and playing with cats.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 6, 2018
This is the original Retro Arcade Shadowboxes on Etsy! Thanks for not buying a knockoff!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Did the frame get destroyed in the mail? We'll cheerfully send you a new one immediately.

If you have any other issue, we're friendly and flexible :D Let's have a chat. In fact, let's have a chat even if you don't have a problem. :D
All payment methods that Etsy accepts are accepted by Glitch Artwork too!

IN THE USA AND CANADA: Your shadow box will be shipped by USPS Priority

Elsewhere: Your art will be shipped from as a "Tracked Packet - International"

More information

Last updated on Dec 12, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Do you do custom shadowboxes?

Due to the large volume of non-custom art we're doing, custom orders are expensive. It generally takes 15-20 hours to design and prototype a new shadow box. The design process is tricky. Unlike most art forms, if you do this wrong, you will literally start fires! Seriously! Lasers are not to be trifled with.

For rates, please see this listing:

Don't be afraid to suggest which one we do next! Ya never know!

How do you make this stuff?

In short, I use a laser cutter to cut printed foamboard, and then build the layers up.

This is done with foamboard rather than cardstock, so the layers won't bend over time. It also gives it a nice layered effect.

Please take a look at this little YouTube video I made of me making a shadowbox:

Refunds and Exchanges

Did the frame get destroyed in the mail? We'll cheerfully send you a new one immediately.

If you have any other issue, we're friendly and flexible :D Let's have a chat. In fact, let's have a chat even if you don't have a problem.

I need it for Christmas 2020! What's the last day to order?

Last day to order for delivery before Christmas is:

USA and Canada: Wednesday December 16th 2020

Elsewhere in the world: Delivery after Christmas.

We hope you have a lovely holiday!