Storybox Commissions

Looking for a unique way to celebrate a special story or memory? Let's make a storybox together! All the info you need is right here on this page! See my previous storybox designs here.


My name is Jessica, and I'm the artist of Cuddly Potatoes!

For my wedding last year, I developed and designed 10 unique "storyboxes" to celebrate some of the most special moments and memories my partner and I made throughout our relationship. Now, I'd like to help you celebrate YOUR story! 

I take a lot of pride and care in my commissions. During the process, I'll get to know you (and/or your loved one) as best as I can via your descriptions and photos, so that I can really reflect not only your likeness, but also whatever feelings and personality traits I can gather to make it really feel like your unique story! As with all my artwork, I strive to make all my commissions cute and meaningful, so the result is something special that you can cherish for years to come.

That means that this is a collaborative process! I'll email you throughout the process so you can approve the design each step of the way. 

I've completed over 150 digital commissions with happy clients since 2017. This year will be my first time sharing my paper-crafting skills with clients, but I've already gathered plenty of experience designing 10 storyboxes (and making 20 extra copies of them) for my partner and myself, and I'm confident that I can make something special for *you* now! If you decide to work with me, I'll do my very best to make sure you're 100% happy too! <3

If you have any questions or concerns that aren't answered on this page, please don't hesitate to email me at before booking a commission slot on ko-fi. 


What's a storybox?

My storyboxes are made up of 5 to 8 layers of papercut art that are spaced apart with 3D adhesive dots and placed into a shadow box. (A shadow box is a picture frame with a deep interior, usually ~1"). Papercut art is not a new concept, but I call mine "storyboxes" because I like to give my designs that extra magic of, well, telling a personal story! :) I made my designs highly personal and specific, and I'd love to do that for you too.

A close-up look at some of my favorite personal details!

For technical details, scroll to the "Storybox Material Details" section below. 

I am offering two levels of customization: "Personalized" and "Original".

 Personalized Storybox

Limited Design Customization


Original Storybox

Full Design Customization


Choose a base design from my existing storybox designs Come with your own unique story OR choose a base from my storybox designs
Re-design of 1 layer only (usually the people layer), within reason.

Fully new designs or re-design of up to ALL 5-8 layers

You may request for any layers/details to be removed, within reason.  If working off a base design, you may request for any layers/details to be added, removed, or replaced!

For now: Only green cardstocks are available. See note below.

For now: Only green cardstocks are available. See note below.


- You and your partner's silhouette in the theme park design

- You and your partner's silhouette in the forest train design

- Video game design with 1 layer changed to a favorite game of yours


- How you and your partner met!

- You and your partner at your wedding venue!

- Video game design totally altered to depict your 10 favorite video games!


IMPORTANT: Because I am working with limited time and materials right now, I am only able to offer the cardstock colors featured in my existing storybox designs If you are looking for an entirely different color scheme, please add your email to this form, and I will let you know if I open up future storybox commissions with custom colors as an add-on option. It takes a lot of time, money, and research to source the right color cardstocks, so for now we're limited to what I already own. Thanks for your understanding! 

If you'd like to make a storybox based on your relationship, these would be perfect for wedding or anniversary gifts*; they'll be wonderful keepsakes for years to come! We can also make a storybox based on yourself, and you'll have an awesome piece of personalized artwork for your home! 

*Please note that as with all my commissions, I cannot guarantee timelines. See "Timeline" section below for more details.


Booking & Payment

Be sure to read all the info below so you know what to expect. When you're ready to start, visit my ko-fi commission page to book a slot!

If commissions are currently sold out, add your email to this form and I'll email you when I open up new slots!

Payment must be made 100% up-front, before I start the sketching process. 

For most cases, you may purchase a new commission directly on the ko-fi commission page above! If you have a custom request that doesn't fit into the standard commission structure, you can email me at to discuss. From there, I can take payment via venmo (@cuddlypotatoes) or via a donation at my ko-fi page:

Commission payments are non-refundable. 



Original Storyboxes (Full Design Customization):

  • $265
  • Come with your own unique story!
  • OR, choose a base design / idea from my existing storybox designs
  • I will newly design up to ALL 5-8 layers in your storybox
  • Full involvement in my 3-step process
  • One assembled 8" x 8" storybox, ready to display!
  • Shipping included in price.

Personalized Storyboxes (Limited Design Customization):

  • $145
  • Choose a base design from my existing storybox designs
  • I will re-design 1 layer of artwork to reflect you and/or your loved one, within reason.
  • Full involvement in my 3-step process
  • One assembled 8" x 8" storybox, ready to display!
  • Shipping included in price.

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Looking for more? You may add the following to your commission:

  • $85 for each additional 8x8 copy of your storybox

If storybox commissions are popular enough and I decide to continue doing them, I will make custom cardstock colors & 12x12 frames available as add-ons in the future. For now, though, I'm keeping it simple. Thanks for your understanding!

If your request doesn't fit within these parameters or you're not sure which category your request would fall into, email me at to discuss.


Storybox Material Details

Storyboxes are made of 5 to 8 layers of papercut artwork, assembled with 3D adhesive dots, and placed into a shadow box. 

Each layer is designed by me (hello!) and cut by a papercutting machine. The cardstock I use is solid-core, archival quality, fade-resistant, and varies between 65lb to 110lb cover weight, depending on the design, purpose, and color of each layer. 

The exterior dimensions of the shadow box are 8" x 8" with a 1.2" depth. There is a glass front, and a sawtooth hanger attached on the back.

Care & Handling

Please avoid putting your storybox in direct sunlight. Indirect sunlight is okay! 

I use high quality fade-resistant cardstock, but that doesn't mean it's impossible for it to fade; the sun is crazy strong! I've hung my personal storyboxes near a window (indirect sunlight) for over a year and the color has been perfectly preserved, so they can definitely sit in a sunlit room, of course. But I recommend avoiding any spots where the sun directly hits it through the window. 



Please see all previous storybox designs here to assess which designs you might want to use or base your ideas off of.

Below are some examples of how my friends and I have displayed storyboxes in our own homes. :) 




The design process usually takes approx. 4-6 weeks, provided you respond quickly to emails. However, this timeline is not guaranteed. Please kindly understand that I am working on several commissions at a time, as well as my regular projects and designs for Cuddly Potatoes. I balance it all as well as I can, but sometimes things don't go as planned! Rest assured, any delays on my end will be communicated to you in a timely manner.

Given all the projects I am concurrently working on, I cannot accommodate any specific deadlines. If you are hoping to have a commission done by a certain date, I recommend starting at least 2-3 months ahead of time. This gives you the biggest chance that it'll be done in time, but again, I cannot guarantee it. 

If you are commissioning a storybox as a gift, please be understanding if our design process extends past the estimation! I will always try my best, but again, I cannot guarantee that gifts will be done or delivered by a specific date. Thank you. 

One last note: you're an important part of this! Once we get started, please try to respond to my emails within 1-3 days so we can keep things moving. :) The "4-6 week" estimation relies on the assumption of your timely responses. If the delays are on your end, then please understand that the process will take even longer. 


My Design Process

Storybox commissions work in three stages, spanning over ~4 to 6 weeks. When I finish a certain step, I'll send a photo to you. You can tell me you approve of it and we move forward, or you can ask for tweaks, and I'll revise it as needed! Generally, once a "step" is approved, it shouldn't change anymore moving forward or it would create unnecessary work. 

  1. Sketch(es) - These are rough, but we want to be able to have a sketch that depicts an idea that you're happy with before we move onto the drawing stage.
  2. Digital Mockup / Line Drawing - We can adjust the line drawing until you approve of it, modifying lines and details but not the whole idea since that should be finalized at the sketch stage. This "Line Drawing" will essentially be a digital mockup for how the final set papercut layers will look. 
  3. Paper-Cut Layers, Pre-Assembly - I will have your layers cut out, and show you all the cardstock layers before assembling the entire box with the adhesive dots. This should just be a final check with no additional changes, but if you notice something you don't love, this is the last chance to say so!

When you want to make changes, it helps most if you provide detailed descriptions of all the changes you'd like to make at a time, in one email, instead of making the requests separately. To keep things moving, I'd like to keep the number of revisions under 3 for sketches, 2 for line drawing, and 1 for paper cutting. Rest assured though that with your detailed descriptions, we often don't even need revisions. 


Personal Use Terms

Commissioned designs should be for personal use only. (e.g. for your own enjoyment, as gifts to friends/family, etc.) The design is not to be used for logos, branding, business, profit, or anything other than personal use. 

The artist retains all creative rights; I may produce, post, re-use, or re-color any part of the image for my own business needs. I may post the design on social media, post examples on my websites, use the design for future products to sell, etc. 

I will only draw what I am comfortable with. I reserve the right to cancel & refund the commission for any reason. 

By purchasing this commission, you agree to these conditions. :)

Customer Reviews

Based on 20 reviews
Wonderful drawing, so so happy

As a reviewer wrote below, working with Jessica was so easy and fun. She created a few drafts and they were all so cute, I could barely choose. I am going to get another commission just so I can have one of the other sketches she made. She had some good brainstorming ideas and created something so uniquely me. It even looks like me and took some ideas I had about my beloved Potatocorn. As I told her, this is one of my most prized possessions. I can't recommend enough.
It also goes along with my potatocorn pins ;)

it turned out perfect

I wasn't too sure about what I wanted as my drawing but Jessica was great at drawing out my ideas. When the final piece was sent to me it was perfect. It really captured me and my energy. I would do this again and recommend anyone thinking about it to do it.

so thoughtful!!! 10/10 would recommend

Working with Jessica for my Kickstarter commission was so smooth, easy, and fun! I'm the type of person who is incredibly indecisive and shrugs for days when someone asks me for more details on what I want, but Jessica included some questions to help guide some initial ideas and was able to give me four amazing sketches just based on my very chaotic, not at all streamlined thoughts -- it took me SO LONG to decide which one to move forward with because I loved all of them so much!!! Not only that, but once I picked a sketch idea, she and my partner surprised me by adding in a little narwhal into the line drawing because I have a narwhal plushie at home that is my comfort plushie <3 She also worked patiently with me after I considered (and then unconsidered) adding a background to the commission. It was such a joy to work with Jessica, would absolutely recommend it if you want some high quality adorable content!

Wonderful All Around

I've commissioned two pieces from Jessica and both times it was fantastic! She was amazing about communicating with me--both in the parameters of the commission and to work together to get exactly the piece I was looking for. I adore both pieces that I ended up with and they will be treasured works of art.


The process of doing a custom with Jessica was incredibly smooth! She worked with me to tease out what I thought I wanted, then delivered over and above at every step of the process. In the end I had a stunning custom image of me and my own inner potatocorn that exudes All the JOY I was hoping for! The quality of the prints and stickers were phenomenal! 10/10