Q: Why do I need a scoring board for paper-crafts?
A: Scoring paper before attempting to fold it stretches and breaks down some of the paper fibers. This makes folding easier and more accurate, for one thing. Secondly, there are some papers with coatings or inner-cores that are different colors than the surface color. Stretching those fibers before you attempt a hard fold gives you a better chance of folding
the paper without revealing the inner core. So scoring is definitely the way to go on those types of papers.
The scoreboard will give you scores that will make you cards and projects look much better and professional. It keeps the cardstock from cracking when the paper fibers and pulled, pushed and stretched. However, all scoring tools are not equal.
Q: What is the scoring size of the Cutterpillar Crease Score Board
A: The Crease will score up to 12.5 x 12.5 stocks.
Q: What is the width of the scores.
A: It depends on how hard the score tools are pressed into the paper. But on average the score is .05 or 1-20th of an inch wide. However, if you press harder in the scoring tools, this width is slightly wider.
Q: Does the Crease have more than one way to score?
A: Yes, the Crease has two separate scoring methods. Each very different than all of the other scoring boards on the market.
The first method is somewhat similar to other scoring boards. It uses a scoring tool to push the paper-stock into the board’s negative groove. Creating the score line. However, the Crease’s tool has a distinct advantage over other “bone folding” tools.
The Crease uses an embossing-ball tip that is much less likely to pierce the paper. Because the round tip is much less sharp versus bone folder tools sharp edges. This scoring method is recommended for quick scores, through lighter card stock and paper.
One disadvantage of most other scoring methods is that the scoring tool presses into the stock’s fibers and “displaces” them. (meaning that the paper fibers are pushed into the groves and often cut or broken on a microscopic scale. That’s is the main reason that many scores lines done this method are punctured or ripped. These fibers are permanently broken.
The Crease’s second method of scoring is truly unique. It is modeled after professional printer’s scoring methods. The “Scoring Rule” is a thin metal bar that is placed and locked on the surface of the Crease. The Scoring Tool has a second tool-tip with a narrow channel. This channel fits perfectly on the top of the Scoring Rule. This channel and the Scoring-Rule together give the Crease its distinct advantage… The paper stock’s fibers are compressed between these two tools, not torn. Which is much less likely to break the fibers in the stock. This is why the Crease is so much more effective in scoring heavier stocks and especially across the grain of paper. (Which has its own challenges)
The Crease’s Scoring Rule method will amaze its users how it makes professional looking scores and will not pierce, nor tear the paper 99% of the time.
Q: What will the CutterPillar Crease score or not score?
A: When using the Scoring Rule method, there are very few limits to what it will not score: 65-to-110-pound card stock is a breeze. With or across the grain. Also, almost all exotic stocks like:
Handmade, pressed paper
Plastic, glossy & matte coated stocks
Most textured stocks
Q: What is “paper grain”.
A: Paper is made up of tiny grains of fiber that align in the same direction during the manufacturing process, much like a school of fish or a flock of migrating birds!
The many small fibers are pressed together.
The paper grain is the direction in which most of the paper fibers run.
The grain typically runs with the length of a rectangular sheet.
Test the paper to find the grain by bending the paper part way, as if to fold it. Do this in each direction.
There is less resistance when the fold line runs with the grain. Scoring across the grain can lead to ugly scores and rips especially in thicker stock.
With the grain vs. against the grain example pictured:
Q: Why is the Crease made out of transparent plastic?
A: The Crease’s negative grooves are transparent because CutterPillar’s product designers realized that if the Crease was used on a lightbox/board… the light would shine up through the negative or grooved lines and not the positive lines. Allowing the light to pass through the paper-stock too. This allows for some truly unique scenarios: mainly the ability
to start scores in the middle of the paper, diagonal scores, making paper-boxes and shapes.
A light board is not required to use the Crease, but this feature does makes it more useful.
Q: What is the width of the grooves on the board?
A: The Crease has 122 - 1/8th grooves within its 12.5 inches. Which line-up to the 1/8th ruler marks on the top of the Crease.
Q: What is the Crease made of?
A: The Crease is made of durable ABS plastic. With the exception of the metal scoring rule and the 9 silicone feet on the base (which give it a very sturdy, stable and non-slippage on most surfaces.
Q: Are the CutterPillar Crease tools replaceable?
A: Indeed. One can replace either the hand-tool or the Scoring Rule on CutterPillar’s website’s parts page for $5.00 each. It should be noted that the Crease has a compartment with a lid and snap-in locks for the tools, to make them easier to keep track of.
Q: What does the CutterPillar Crease cost?
A: The Crease’s MSRP is $39.99. Which is a bit more than some of the competitor’s boards. But this extra cost is easily repaid in un-ruined card stock that would be thrown away form tears and bad scores. Not to mention the time lost remaking your projects. The Crease is really a two-for-one tool; because two scoring methods and the tremendous advantages the Crease has over other scoring methods.
Q: Do any of the parts of the Crease wear-out over time?
A: The materials that the Crease is made from are quite robust. The Crease should give you many years of use without any wear or breakage. CutterPillar has never had a single Crease returned for breaking, bending, cracking or abnormal wear.
Q: Why is the CutterPillar Crease the right tool for me?
A: The functions and features the Crease has to offer, will not be found anywhere else. No other boards can compete with the Creases functionality:
Professional looking scores only seen at print shops
Scoring across the grain of any cardstock. Often not possible with other methods
Scoring the heavy cardstocks: 80, 90, 100, 110 pound
The ability to score the exotic paper/stock that are all but impossible on other boards
Using the transparent Crease on light boards/boxes for extra utility and features.
Fast scoring with embossing tool. Perfect scores with the Scoring Rule
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Check out this fun Crease review from paper-crafter extraordinaire Lolly Paloooza: