Chip the Horse


We live and breathe horses around these parts – quite literally, as there are four of the beasts living in my barn right now.  Surprisingly, we have very little in the way of equine ornamentation in our home though.  The idea for this project came from my daughter and her grandma, who does beautiful wood carvings.

For this project I used the maximum thickness chipboard I could find, and cut, with my KNK Maxx.  I set my speed to 100 and my pressure to 160.  I also activated multipass and increased the cut to two times.  I taped my chipboard to my mat, even though it was sticky, to ensure there wouldn’t be any skewing.  In the end, I also turned my mat sideways so  all of the pinch wheels made contact.


Chip is seven layers thick at the legs, so he has some depth.  Once the pieces were cut and painted, I used a ruler to line up the legs so that the hooves were flat, and flush with the tail.  These three pieces need to be very level for the horse to hold his stance.

I applied Aleene’s Quick Dry Tacky glue with a paint brush to adhere the pieces together then let Chip dry overnight.  My daughter felt he needed a display platform so we used an extra horse stall name plaque that was already painted green like grass.

Chip now stands guard at my daughter’s night stand.  I think he will soon have a pink or white, and definitely sparkly, friend to keep him company there!

Click on Chip’s large finished photo to download the KNK file.

Michele Harvey

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About Cuttin' with KNK (Michele)

I am the proud mother of 2 grown children, waiting for grandchildren some day. I've been married to my best friend since 1988. I have been crafting since I was a girl - I can't even remember a time when I wasn't creating something, and I've tried nearly everything. I discovered KNK in 2009 and have loved the company and its products ever since. The machines are so versatile and enhance my own creativity. It is rare that I make something without my KNKs.

19 thoughts on “Chip the Horse

  1. This is great, Michelle!! I know some horse lovers who would like to have their own version of “Chip”. HMMM, wonder where that name came from – LOL! Thanks for sharing the file!

  2. The 3D dimension that you have achieved with the many layers in this horse are a true testimony of your creative mind. Thanks for the inspiration. You did a great job.

  3. I LOVE seeing some of the dimensional stuff you can do on the KNK! Thanks so much for sharing, Michele.

    • Thank you to all. It was fun trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to include in each section and making it all work together. Sandy’s right, it made me think about several other files I have in which the process would work to build a 3D version of the project.

      • It has my gears turning! I’m looking around my office for things to 3Dify! 😛

  4. I love this so much. He is awesome. My friends daughter LOVES horses (what little girl doesn’t) and I cannot wait to make this for her. Thanks so much!!!

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  6. Michele-
    What a fantastic way to use chipboard to make a multi-dimentional piece. I love how you did that. I could see how a group of these would make a great birthday craft project for kids to paint up their own horse to take home with them.

  7. This is great! I’m new to these forums and just recently discovered your company. I want to switch from my Cricut and have really been looking at the new ZING. I really want to be able to cut chipboard with my new cutter. Can you please tell me what thickness of chipboard this is? Thank you!

    • The chipboard is 1/16th of an inch thick. I found the receipt – it’s described as medium weight, natural chipboard.

  8. I would love to have this file, my grandson loves horses. I tried clicking on the pictures, but no link.

    • Hello Sherry!

      Thanks so much for visiting! We typically keep free files on the site for a limited time – many of our designers offer their files for sale after a ‘free’ period. Please email me if you are still interested at

      thanks again!

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