Place Scor-Pal® on a flat surface with ruler at the top.
Place cardstock on the scoring surface. The sides and the top act as fences to properly align your paper for accurate scoring. Align with the top and either side fence depending on the size of your cardstock.
Card Making Tips and Paper Information
One of the key benefits of Scor-Pal is the ability to score multiple score lines at the same time, without moving the paper. This is invaluable when making grid, reverse grid cards, gate fold, accordion folds, brochure/flyer scoring, box making, origami, iris folding and boxes galore!
The bump goes to the inside. This gives a neater appearance to the inside of the fold.
When you make the score line you are spreading the paper fibres ready for the fold. If you fold so the score line is to the inside you are squashing the fibres you just spread apart. If you check a package of 3" x 3" folded cards from Stampin Up you will see that the indentation is on the textured side of the cardstock. This reinforces,you fold so the score line is to the outside of the fold with textured side out.
When making accordion folds score at intervals, then turn the paper over and score in between the previous scores i.e. a one inch accordion along an 11” length, score at 1”, 3”, 5”, 7” and 9”. Turn the paper over, score at 2”, 4”, 6”, 8” and 10”. The indentation is the mountain fold. If you are making the standard A2 card, 4 1/4” x 5 1/2”, score the full eleven inch length at 4 1/4” then cut the cardstock at 5 1/2”. This way you are saving time by only scoring once to make two cards.
Brochure Fold - Dividing an 11" length into thirds
● To divide an 11” length into thirds use the grooves marked with the inverted triangles
● These are perfect grooves for brochure and letter folding or accordion booklets
● The grooves are 3.666” and 7.333” from the left fence.
● Further flatten the edges with the Scor-Tool to have the folded paper or cardstock lie flat.
Gate Fold Cards
● Use the grooves marked with a small dot. They are at 2 1/8” and 6 3/8” from the left fence.
For diagonal scoring ensure that both corners are aligned to the same groove. The ruler markings along each side fence will help with scoring a 12” piece of paper on the diagonal. Align the page with the 6” groove using the side measurements as a reference for centering.
Ruler Markings along side fences
● Use the markings to quickly ensure your paper has been cut straight.
● Use the Scor-Pal as a ruler. Lay down a scrap piece of cardstock and you can quickly tell its width and height.
Scoring at 1/8-Inch Intervals with previous models of the Scor-Pal
NOTE: These instructions are only for older Scor-Pal scoring boards to help you make 1/8" precision scores. Our new Scor-Pal Eighths product has 1/8" groove markings.
Scor-Pal produces a score line similar to a letterpress score.
A letterpress is basically the same type of machine used to foil-stamp and emboss. It is a press that uses pressure to create a pattern. A letterpress operates with a "male" scoring rule, in our case the Scor-Tool, a "female" channel, the groove and the paper in between. When the rule is pressed into the channel, it raises a ridge on the inside of the fold. The ridge acts as a hinge, making the paper easier to fold and ensuring a clean, straight, and durable result.
A letterpress score affords the cleanest and most accurate fold possible. Although you can score in any direction, it's harder and riskier to go against the grain or across areas with heavy ink coverage. The need for scoring depends on the particular grade, finish and basis weight of your paper.