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Old 07-18-2006, 06:00 PM   #1  
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Question How do you get a perfect fold?

I am just starting out on my stamping adventures and have my first of many important questions. I tried to make my first card on my own and even though I used a scoring tool on my paper cutter, still found that the card didn't line up right when it was folded. Any tips? Thanks.
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Old 07-18-2006, 06:13 PM   #2  
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You have to make sure the piece you're starting out with is cut right. Seems like 9 times out of 10 when I can't get the darn thing folded straight, it's because my paper wasn't cut exactly straight.

Start with a piece of 8.5x11" paper. Cut in half so you have two pieces of 8.5x5.5" paper. Double check that you've got the paper totally snugged up against the guide all along the cutter. (That's what gets me most of the time, lol)

Then score your paper at 4-1/4" again being careful to make sure the entire length of the paper is perfectly pushed up against the edge of the cutter.
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Old 07-19-2006, 04:23 AM   #3  
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I bought the Scor It tool currently on a lot of web sites.

I do not know how I got by without it!
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Old 07-24-2006, 04:09 PM   #4  
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I have tried to use a scorer blade and just can't quite get it! No matter how carefully I measure and re-measure, the edges never quite match up. I find that the easiest method for me is simply to carefully line the edges (leaving the "fold" in a big loop) and then gently work my way back to the fold holding the edges tightly. Then I use a bone folder to press the fold tight. And I always use the bone folder on both sides of the card. It takes all of about 5 seconds this way and is much easier then trying to score first!
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Once I get the right size I want to use. I will first use my scoring tool to make the line and then I will fold it down and than us my boning tool, which helps alot. I hope this makes sense.lol
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Check out this link from a thread from a couple weeks ago. I've been stamping for a while and never realized I was folding the wrong way! Basically you fold the opposite way you'd think. So when you score your CS, turn it over THEN fold it, so that the scored line is the outside edge of the card. It's so hard to describe, I really should take a picture, but once I started doing this I never had a problem again with my folded edges. They come out crisp and professional looking every time! Try it!
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Also, make sure you invest in a decent 12" paper cutter/scorer tool. I had the cheapo Fiskars (not the one in the SU catalog), and it has so much give in the plastic blade track that no matter how careful I was, it couldn't cut or score accurately enough for a good fold. I now have a guillotine cutter and a rotary-style trimmer/scorer with a metal track, and it's made all the difference in the world!
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I also had a cheaper cutter with a scoring blade, and both blade wobbled so bad nothing was ever straight. I finally got a better cutter (from the catalog) ,and I have had much better results. Good luck!
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I use a Fiskar's cutter (SU) with a scoring blade (black) I purchased at Michaels or somewhere.... Works great for me!
I have to score just before the 'line' of the 4 mark, not *on* it.... and then I line up the corners and smooth the crease.

And yes - fold the opposite way you think you should! I did it wrong for a long time and it is much nicer now...lol
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Don't forget your BONE FOLDER! I love that tool!!
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Honestly, I don't score it, I just fold it right in half. Works for me. The Bone folder works well too. I personally find it easier my way, but the bone helps just as well!
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I use the black fiskars scorer, on my cutter. But, then also, really watch the edges of the card as I fold, and do not totally rely on the scored mark. You can be a little off.
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