Challenge in Review – Paper Winner

There were many more wonderful projects entered into the Summer Solstice Challenge but we are running out of time to share them with you.

In closure, today we are featuring the winning project in our paper category AND the challenge Grand Prize winner – submitted by Paul. His project is absolutely STUNNING!


Challenge category winner and Grand Prize winner!

Paul describes the steps in creating these figures:

This is the goat model in Cinema 4D simultaneously showing the polygon surface and the vertical lines. Here the polygons have been optimized to the desired number.


The goat was imported as an OBJ into ‘Pepakura’ and the exploded. The cuts for the pattern were ordered to help with assembly but also to consider the flow of the joins along the form.


The exploded polygons in ‘Pepakura’ are re-arranged onto 2D surface with flaps included. The pattern is re-arranged to maximize paper usage. This pattern is exported as an EPS and prepared in ‘Illustrator’ to finally be imported into ‘Make The Cut’, which enables the cutter to read the file.


These are the patterns cut into the card by the KNK Maxx Air.


Pattern sheet for the ears and back of head: the pieces just pop out of the card and only the dotted lines bend. There are two types of dotted cut, valley and hill, this speaks for itself.


This model of a goat was constructed using 300 Microns Grey card, a reasonably stiff card but thin enough to cut in one cycle without having to use multipass. It took three days to cut all the economically fitted patterns on eight A2 sized cards.


This is the assembly of the udder. A palette knife is used to apply the PVA and a hair dryer is used to heat the glued area to quicken up the drying process. Scissors and knives help to cut and shape backing that is used for extra strength.


These are the two hind legs and the posterior of the goat, the masking tape has been applied to ensure the expanding foam does not leak out of tiny holes.


This is an example of how the expanding foam has set after it has been injected into the cavity of the appendages or body.


The main body was pinned down to the table to stabilize the feet and correct the positioning of the goat before the foam was injected into the base. Preparing the model in all the applications takes at least a week. Overall physical construction takes about two weeks to complete. Filling and sanding take about a day.

From the entire team at KNK USA and Team KNK: Congratulations, once again, Paul! Thank you for participating in the Summer Solstice Challenge and sharing your wonderful talent with us!

To see more of Paul’s work, visit Polygon Daydream.

Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

This is our final paper entry post before sharing the full details on the Summer Solstice Challenge Grand Prize winner’s projects. (What a mouthful!) If you’ve been following along, you are sure to be feeling an inkling of the struggle the judges had in making a decision. Please be sure to stop by the project you liked the best and leave words of encouragement for these artists!

This paper project is an elegant card, with very amazing and fine details.

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Nona describes this project in great detail:

The project I have made with my KNK Zing 3-Wheel Die-Cutter is a card celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my friend’s parents. Because of the significance of the event, I wanted to produce a card that went outside the bounds of traditional anniversary cards. Moreover, the card had to convey my respects, my well wishes, and feelings of my celebration to the recipients.

1. I began by selecting a basic rectangle shape from the Make The Cut Basic Shapes gallery, which I duplicated twice more for a total of three rectangles of uniform size and shape.

2. I then laid these rectangles end to end across the mat workspace, enlarged the center rectangle (both height and width), and then welded (Edit > Shape Magic > Weld) the three rectangles together. The two end rectangles would form the basis for the card’s “gates”. The enlarged center rectangle was a place-holder for the card’s message.

3. A Half Round Red (Generic) shape from the Basic Shapes gallery was rotated a quarter turn (so that the flat edge faced downward) and placed (and welded) at the top center of the center rectangle.

4. I then took a Half Circle (Generic) shape from the gallery, rotated it a half-turn (again, with the flat edge facing downward) and duplicated it. These two Half Circles then were placed and welded on either side of the rotated Half Round shape at the top of the rectangle, so that the total width of the three shapes exactly spanned the length of the center rectangle. Three more Half Circles, rotated to the same angle, were reduced in size and then placed and welded so that their total width spanned the arc of the Half Round Red.

5. Next, I selected the Heart 1 (Generic) shape from the Basic Shapes gallery, reduced the size, then place eight of these heart shapes along the outer edges of all five Half Circles. All shapes were then welded together.

6. Again, I selected the Heart 1 (Generic) shape from the gallery, reduced it size (even smaller than the hearts already placed on the edges), and centered this smaller heart inside one of the hearts along the edges. I then duplicated the process for all the hearts along the edges.

7. I used the Magic Shape tool to join the two groups of hearts (the original hearts along the edges and the smaller ones inside them) and cut out the smaller heart from each edge heart.

8. The hearts were then welded to their respective Half Circles.

9. I selected the Scalloped border from the gallery, reduced the border size, and placed one along the center of the bottom half of each outer Half Circle (the ones at the tops of each of the outer two rectangles).

10. Three hearts – two upside down and one right side up – with smaller hearts inside them and cut out using Magic Shape (see Steps 6 and 7) were then added to the bottom of each of the two Half Circles below the scalloped border. Because the hearts were spaced equidistant, edge-to-edge, the space between them was treated as white space and automatically cut out by the program.

11. I selected the Dove shape from the Basic Shapes gallery, duplicated it once, then flipped the second Dove horizontally so that it mirrored the first.

12. I reduced both Doves in size and welded them, respectively, to the left and right sides of the card.

13. I had the program cut out two copies of the card, because I wanted to salvage parts from the second card to embellish the first.

14. I used scissors to cut the two doves from the second card and laid them over the doves on the first card, with gold vellum between the two.

15. The six flowers on the card were placed on the card with gold vellum sandwiched between flowers and card.

16. I painstakingly added liquid pearls to select areas of the card – this step took the longest amount of time, about a day between adding and letting the pearls dry.

17. I added a real pearl to the center of each of the six flowers.

18. I added a rectangle of gold vellum as a backdrop for the greeting onto the center of the central rectangle.

19. I added 50th Anniversary 3D Embellishments (Kay and Company) to appropriate areas of the card.

20. I printed the card message onto white cardstock, cut it out with a paper-cutter into a rectangle smaller than the gold vellum rectangle in Step 18, and affixed this to the gold vellum rectangle.

21. I used hand scoring tools to score the card in four places so that it would fold properly (quad- fold).

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Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

I am running out of time to share these paper projects with you! But I know you want to see these fabulous entries from the KNK and Team KNK Summer Solstice Challenge!

In this project, Kristi created charming pop-up menus that are sure to delight children and adults alike!


Kristi describes her paper project:

My husband and I own a restaurant in Coloma, CA (Sierra Nevada House), and I am also an artist, so I made a children’s pop-up menu for the restaurant. I already owned the Klic-n-Kut Zing and it seemed like the perfect tool to cut out the various parts for the menu. This included the cover art, which had a cut out map of Coloma, and the title, “Miners Only,” cut out of that map. (Coloma is where gold was discovered in California, hence the pun “Miners (Minors) Only”). Also, all of the pieces that created the inside pop-up parts of the menu were cut out using the Zing. Card stock was used for all of the parts.


I created all of the necessary files in Illustrator. The reason that I purchased this cutter over all other available cutters is because I wanted to be able to create my own files and my own designs.



Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

Ooooooh, I WANT ONE! I really, really do. And you probably will too!

Another phenomenal project entered into the paper category for the KNK and Team KNK Summer Solstice Challenge:


Kaye describes her paper project entry:

My gazebo is an SvgCuts file, cut on the Klic-n-Kut Zing.


I have used Bazzill card to construct the gazebo. I have embossed the roof panels and the gift box panels with Couture Creations Drifting Endless folder. The decoration on the roof was cut with Spellbinders Persian accents and I have a Spellbinders Aster Flower Topper as a finial on the very top of the roof. I have decorated the panels of the gazebo with Cheery Lyn Flourish die and Cheery Lyn Butterflies and paper roses. I finished my gazebo with rhinestone trims.


Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Do you see why the judges had such a difficult time? The paper category was just chock full of fabulous entries. Wow, I mean really, Wow!

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I had a difficult time picking photos to share, there were so many great ones included in her challenge entry.

Kathy’s description of this project:

My entry was created by using my TOTALLY AWESOME 15 inch KNK Maxx and the MOST AMAZING software, MAKE THE CUT! {Refer to picture #1…but please do not judge the project by how I look in this pic.  It was late.  I was tired, and my daughter kept laughing at my goofy grin}


This project was very dear to me since I designed it from “scratch” for my son and my beautiful daughter-in-law’s wedding this past November. When they asked me if I would take on such a project, I immediately jumped on the idea thinking with the awesome tools I have, my KNK Maxx and MTC, I said: “No problem…just give me an idea of what you would like!”  HA!  Didn’t expect that they would like a cut out corner and a matching sleeve! So off I went looking for the right elements to design the corner cut out. I had flowers, butterflies and swirls in mind. Once I found the right pieces, I traced them into MTC and started to play with forming the design. When I had just what I liked, I selected all and welded them together. After a bit of trial and error, and many tears of worry that I could actually pull this off, I humbly asked for the help from MTC’s weekly webinar crew to guide me through a few steps. S.BryanW was awesome and very instrumental in helping me get my design to weld to the edge of the virtual card. I am eternally grateful for your kind help Bryan!

Not wanting to lose the details of the design when it cut out, I created another piece which would be cut out of contrasting cardstock and adhered to the corner. Once I had that all worked out in MTC, I planned out the wording on the front of the invitation as well as the inside. Here too, MTC made that easy to accomplish. When everything was in place on the card, I put my 8½” x 11” sheet of cover stock into my printer and printed the front and inside. When finished printing, each sheet was placed on my KNK cutting mat, adjust the blade depth, hide printing, open cutting lines and cut, cut, cut. One sheet at a time. Then, glue, glue, glue. Fold, fold fold.

Then moving on to the pocket sleeve the invite is put into. I designed the sleeve using a few basic shapes in the MTC files, adjusting to fit onto a 8 ½“ x 11“ sheet of cover stock. Making sure that the card fit inside and slid in and out smoothly (while keeping in mind that it needed to fit inside a mailing envelope). Using the same design as the corner cut out on the card, modifying it a bit to fit the front of the top loading sleeve, I rotated the design and followed the same procedure to weld it to the front. After cutting out the separate detailed layer in cover stock, I had another few nights of dot, dot, dot of glue to adhere the contrasting layer to the sleeves. Fold and tape the side and bottom flap to create the sleeve…and Wah-Lah. Pretty card and envelope sleeve.  Wedding Invite & Sleeve-Dark Background_opt

Finishing touches not pictured were a 4” x 4” card with reception and RSVP info on it that I also created in MTC, printed out and then straight cut using my guillotine cutter. I added a sheet of tissue paper and stuffed everything into the mailing envelope for the finishing touch. Boxed them up and sent 80 of them on their way to South Africa.  12 days later I received a call with from the brides mother that they arrived. That was the LONGEST two weeks ever since I had no tracking on it to know where they were! She was so impressed that I made each one and that they were more beautiful than anything she has ever seen. It was well worth it. There would have been no way I could have accomplished this without the sweet cutting skills of my KNK Maxx and the ease of my Make The Cut software!!! Best two investment I ever made!!! KNK has the best customer service and training. I am soooo glad I discovered this company. Thank You for coordinating this challenge and for being so awesome just in general!

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