Hello! My name is Mino (@gsc_mino), and I work in the Manufacturing Department at Good Smile Company!
I’ve thought about this a lot before, and so today…
Let’s try making some shadow box style paper craft effects!
A lot of you are probably thinking, “Huh? Shadow box?” right now, so let me explain!
Most of you are probably familiar with Shadow boxes, displays that often utilize layers of paper in order to create an effect of depth. The 3D aspect is what makes them a bit different from simple paper cutting.
So for this article, let’s try making some original paper craft effects with depth to pair with figures!
I don’t think this has been attempted before, so we’ll see how it goes!
By the way, we’ll be pairing our effects today with these three “My Hero Academia” Nendoroids!
Now, let’s make some cool displays to enhance these Nendoroids even more!
Here’s what I’ll be using!
- Illustrations (I drafted up some effects beforehand!)
- Construction Paper (The more colors, the better!)
- Cardstock Paper (Thicker than normal paper. We’ll use cardstock as a spacer to create a 3D illusion for the effects.)
- Metal wire (I use 1mm diameter wire. You can use paper clips for this!)
- Wire cutters (This is for cutting the metal wire to the size we need.)
- Utility Knife/Precision Knife
1. Draw your effect!
The original illustration is probably the most important part of the process!
When drawing your effect, be sure to reference your Nendoroid to make the effect the correct size! I’d recommend drawing a Nendoroid-sized oval on your paper first for reference.
Here’s what I came up with for Deku!
Shockwave effects from using “One For All”!
Of course, the effect I drew for Bakugo is an explosion!
Finally, here’s what I came up with for Todoroki!
Since it’s Todoroki, I drew fire and ice effects!
I only realized afterward, but I might have made these effects a little too complex to cut…
Simpler designs are easier to cut out, so keep that in mind when making your effects!
2. Using your illustrations as a reference, cut out different parts of the effect from your construction paper.
The ice effect ended up being a little too complicated for me, so I added color in to make it a little easier.
Ah. This design is still pretty confusing.
I don’t think I’ll be able to cut out every color from this one, so I’ll simplify it as I go!
▲Tape helps keep the reference illustration in place.
You’ll probably want to make multiple copies of your reference illustration, as you’ll be cutting out different parts on different construction paper sheets!
Cutting out different parts on different colored paper will allow you to layer them later and create the shadow-box-like 3D effect.
*Please be very careful when cutting with a utility knife/precision knife so as not to cut yourself!
3. Layer the construction paper to create the 3D effect.
Apply glue to very small pieces of cardstock to make your spacers. These are what make the effect appear 3D!
You can even stack multiple spacers to create a more exaggerated 3D look if necessary.
▲Tweezers make this process a lot easier!
▲Occasionally use two spacers stacked on each other for an even more impressive 3D look!
4. Attach wire to the back. (For these effects, just Bakugo and Todoroki’s effects need wire stands!)
Attaching wire to the back of the effects will allow them to stand up on their own!
There’s no set way to do this, just go by feel!
And now, for the complete effects!
These are perfect!!!
It takes some time from the original drawing until they’re done, but it’s totally worth it!
Let’s try displaying them with the Nendoroids!
First, here’s Deku!
▲Based on One For All! The lighting parts were challenging to get right, but it looks great!
I used tape to attach these effects to the Nendoroid.
▲I used masking tape to stick this one to the figure!
▲For the second effect, I attached it to some support arms. (I then deleted the supports arms in post-production for the photo.)
Now let’s see Bakugo’s effect!
▲It works great with his included BOOOM text plate!
Combine with your other Nendoroids for even more fun!
▲Recreate the world of “My Hero Academia”!
Finally, here’s Todoroki’s effects!
▲In his standard pose.
▲Pair with his included effects for a cool battle pose!
▲Pair with his CRAASSH text plate!
▲As though saying “Good bye.”
So… what do you think??
I think they turned out great with the figures, and they were a lot of fun to take pictures with!
The materials don’t cost to much, so be sure to try it yourself!
Thanks for reading!