· 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
· There are notches at the beginning of each score line to show you where the groove begins. With
one hand holding the cardstock, hold the scoring tool as you would a pen or pencil (45 degree
angle). When working with double sided Designer paper that has a white core, lower the angle of the
tool ( 30 degrees). Carefully draw the scoring tool down the paper, using an even pressure.
· The first time you use Scor-Pal® practice on a piece of scrap cardstock to determine the amount of
pressure needed for your “hand”.
· To clean your Scor-Pal®, wipe with a damp cloth. Dry thoroughly before using.
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!
· When possible, always score with the grain of the paper. Cup the paper in your hands bringing the
sides together. If it bends easily this is the grain of the paper. Turn the paper in the other direction.
Repeat same action. The paper will not bend as easily. You will feel a slight resistance as it is bending
“against the grain”. On a piece of cardstock 8 ˝" x 11” the grain of the paper is usually down the 11”
In most cases the grain of the paper is with the longest side, “grain long”. The paper fibers run in this
direction. For a 12” x 12” paper do the “grain of paper” test explained previously.
· Another easy way to test for the grain is by tearing the paper. With the grain will give you a straighter tear.
· It is best to fold your card so that the score line is to the OUTSIDE of the fold. 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 eleven inch 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.
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.
Non - Standard Scores
· You are not limited to half inch measurements.
· Eighth inch markings are between 0 -1" and 11˝". By aligning the left side of your paper to
eighth inch markings 1/8” and 1/16” etc scores are possible.
· In the diagrams below you will see how to measure for 1/8th and 1/16th inch increments.