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

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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Challenge in Review – Paper Category

Geometric or origami? Whatever name you might give it, there are a lot of talented and creative minds out there putting their KNKs to good use with paper! We have another spectacular paper project entry from the KNK and Team KNK Summer Solstice Challenge.


Janene entered these wonderful 3D projects. Here is her description:

These are some things I made for a baby shower for a friend. They are all cut from Recollections cardstock from Michaels. For the teddy bear and rubber duckie boxes I made a template from the snowflake box and now I can make any design I want for the top and sides.

The cat is from the Canon Creative Park site.  There are a lot of free fun projects there and they all include detailed assembly instructions. I import them into Inkscape where I clean them up, bring them into Make the Cut to print, and then use my zing to score the fold lines and cut them.

Beautiful work, Janine! I’m certain your friend just loved these!!!

Challenge in Review – Paper Entry

Are you prepared? here is another (paper category) challenge entry that will BLOW your MIND


Elonah created this paper sculpture (which you can see is on display). From the pictures, it looks like it was built on-site! Oh, how I wish I could have seen it in person!!!!


Elonah, who used her 24″ Maxx for the project, provided this description:

The project consists of two origami-like figures that are slightly larger than life size. The faceting makes the paper strong which allows it to support itself without any internal structure. I developed the cut files myself and then separated the designs to fit to the machine’s maximum cutting width.

It took nearly 48 hours over 5 days to cut and assemble the project.  The entire project was cut using a combination of the KNK Standard Material Blade and Embossing Tool on 285gsm Fabriano Etching Paper.


Did you say “Wow”? Did your jaw drop? Did your eyes pop? Yeah, me too!