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How do I use a scoring tool?

Ever try to fold a piece of paper or cardstock and didn’t get a smooth, nice-looking fold? Scoring tools can solve that problem and help you achieve perfect, crisp folds—such as on cards—every time, easily! Or, use a scoring tool to create decorative scored lines on your project, too!

These three scoring tools are all suited for both left- and right-handed users:

1. Scor-Pal The Scor-Pal is the largest of the three scoring tools, and can fit a 12” x 12” piece of paper. Grooves are indented across the board at various intervals—every 1/2”and 1”, plus at 2 1/8” for gatefold cards, 4¼” for standard A2 cards, and 3 2/3” and 7 1/3” for brochure folding. Because there are so many grooves, you are able to make multiple scores on a piece of paper, without moving the paper. Place the paper on the surface and use the plastic tool to press into the groove, resulting in a scored line for crisp folds. When you’re done, snap the tool into its place at the top of the tool for safe keeping.

2. Scor-it The Scor-it is a bit different than the Scor-Pal in that it only has one scoring edge. It is a raised edge, located in the center of the board, with rulers on the top edge for measuring. This allows you to score lines anywhere, not just at pre-set positions, as with the Scor-Pal. There are also stop guides to help make sure your score line ends up precisely where you want it to. The scoring tool is attached by chain to the Scor-it (so you’ll never misplace it!) and features an indent on the bottom edge. Place your paper on the surface of the Scor-it, line up the scoring tool’s indent with the scoring edge (holding it like you would a pencil), and glide the tool over the scoring edge to create a scored line.

3. Mini Scor-it

The Mini Scor-it has all the same features as the larger Scor-it, but smaller! It is meant for card-makers or for creating scored lines on smaller scale projects.