How to use a scoring board to create a base card

Every project starts with a folded card blank. You can buy plain card blanks and envelopes, but it’s quick and easy to make your own with a cardmaking scoring board and bone folder.

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To create a base card, you will need a scoring board, bone folder and the coloured card of your choice. These tools are usually sold together, and they’re a great investment for cardmakers – you can create cards in lots of sizes and styles, using any card you like.

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In this step-by-step guide you’ll see how to score and fold an A6 card blank, which is a commonly used size for cards, but you can use the same technique to make larger or smaller cards – just choose the appropriate scoring groove, and remember to start with a piece of card that’s twice as big as the card
blank you want to end up with.

Once you’ve mastered basic card blanks, try scoring and folding them in different materials, like patterned papers, acetate, or even vellum.

Shopping List:

  • Coloured card
  • Scoring board
  • Bone folder

How to use a scoring board to make a base card:

Step 1

Position a piece of A5-sized card onto your scoring board. Line it up with the 
top and left side of the board – there are raised edges to guide you.

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Step 2

You’ll see that your scoring board has lots of marks and grooves for folding cards of different sizes and styles. Find the groove marked for an A6 card.

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Step 3

Score along the A6 groove with a bone folder. Use a smooth, gentle pressure. There’s no need to use a ruler, as the scoring board will keep your fold straight.

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Step 4

Remove the card from the scoring board and fold along the scored line. Smooth along the crease with the side edge of your bone folder for a crisp finish.

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