Grid Technique

by Beate Johns

Create a faux tile look and/or lovely backgrounds with your scoring tool.


  • Scor-Pal™ or other scoring tool

  • Ink

  • Cardstock

  • Stamps

  • Adhesive

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Line your cardstock up diagonally with a score line on the Scor-Pal.

  2. Step 2

    Score card stock at even intervals.

    Here, the scores were made every 1/2".

  3. Step 3

    Turn card stock 90 degrees, line up as before, and score at every 1/2" again to create a scored grid.

  4. Step 4

    Ink the stamp and stamp on the card stock side with the indented score lines.

    Here, the background was placed wood-side down with the card stock over it. To get a partly stamped image, finger walk over the paper.

  5. Step 5

    Add more images and sponge card stock if wanted.

  6. Step 6

    Finished card.




  1. Flip it over
    Instead of stamping on the cardstock side that has the indented score lines, stamp on the side that has the score lines facing up for a different look.

  2. Add a Border
    Score a small border all around the card stock before adding a grid inside the score line.

    Show it off
    Don't stamp over the grid at all, but use it as a background.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Grid Technique. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

That's one good looking card. I really like the texture on it as well.
It's amazing that we all can come up with different things and ideas for our cards and creations.

Thanks for taking the time to teach us the Tech's and learning how to make Beautiful cards.

Enjoy your day!
Nancy B  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM
I think there is a mistake in step 3. The picture is the same as in step 2. To get the grid scoring, the paper should be turned 90°, not 180°.
tchk  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 12:52 PM
Where can I order a "Scor-Pal"? I live in a small community with no craft stores.
Help, anyone!!!
Pam  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 1:50 PM
New to stamping. What is a score pal and where can you get one. No craft stores in area.
tko39  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 1:56 PM
Beate.....Thanks for your reply. In my response to you, I said Cuttlebug, I meant Score-Pal. The scoring design does remind me so much of embossing folders. Except this method allows me to place the grid how I want it depending on my design.

Patti Ward  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 2:11 PM
You can buy a Scor-Pal directly on the Scor-Pal website.
beate  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 2:16 PM
tchk, Step three has a different picture then step 2. The grid just didn't photograph well. The photo showed off the vertical (newly scored) lines better then the turned (and now horizontal) lines scored in step 2.
beate  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 2:19 PM
Thanks for this tute Beate! Once again you rock it baby! smile
BevMom  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:02 PM
Beate, your card and tuturial are great! I am looking forward to trying this out.
NY2TX_Patti  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:04 PM
I love my Scor-Pal. You can get one on the Scor-Pal web site. Through your Angle Company Rep or several other sites. Where ever you get it ..... get one. So much fun and perfect scores everytime.
Dylansnanabella  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:14 PM
Hi Beate. I've looked everywhere but can't find the name of the "leaves" stamp.

This is just so good - looks fantastic. Thanks for showing us how it's done.
valmin  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:32 PM

I always upload my samples in the gallery listed underneath the tutorial along with all the products I used. The stamp set is from Stampin' Up! and is called "Wonderful You".
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:37 PM
tchk is right about only turning the cardstock 90 degrees. Turning it 180 just means that you took the bottom point and moved it to be the top point. You want to stop so your bottom point becomes your left point.
munhaven  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 3:56 PM
munhaven and tchk,
Thanks for pointing that out. I totally spaced. I changed it in the tutorial.
beate  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM
Hello, you can also use a friskars cutter with the scoring tool inserted, instead of blade. Just move paper around. Especailly if you don't have a craft store close, but you have a cutting tool.grin
hopefilled1  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM
They carry it at this site for $12.00 less than the original price.
Sabrina  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 5:34 PM
Has anyone tried this using the scor-it? Thanks!
edie  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 6:13 PM
How do you get the pretty scalloped borders on your cards? I've noticed that the trend lately is to have them, but not sure how to get that look. Thank you!
Katie  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 6:42 PM
I love the look you got with this technique!! Just beautiful, Beate! Thanks for your wonderful tutorial!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed May 14, 2008 at 8:05 PM
This is fab! A different take on the grid technique. Will definitely be trying this.
Diane Allen  |  Thu May 15, 2008 at 12:07 AM

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