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Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway – Martha Stewart Scoring Board

Reported by Erin Bassett

Ok, I’ll admit it. I like to eyeball things instead of measuring them, and I’ve probably only used the scoring blade on my trimmer a handful of times (there I said it! -I guess I’m not very precise…or maybe I’m just impatient). So when the opportunity arose to actually use the Martha Stewart Scoring Board I was intrigued and wondered if I would find it to be a seriously missing necessity to my craft tool stash!
photo credit EK Success
Included with the scoring board is a bone folder and an envelope guide (with score instructions imprinted on it). The neat thing is that there are actually storage places for both these items in the scoring board, so you don’t lose them!
Inside the compartment for the bone folder there is a handy-dandy sticker that tells you where to score to create cards and boxes. There are also stickers included in Spanish and French, so you can replace the English, if you so desire. One draw-back, however, was that the door for the bone folder compartment was almost impossible for me to open. I ended up having to pry it open! I opened and closed it repeatedly, and it did loosen up some…nonetheless it is never as easy to open as I would hope for.
I happened to find the storage spot for the envelope guide by accident when I was examining the underside of the score board. The envelope guide just slides right in the bottom of the board.
To balance out my apparent lack of precision when crafting, I have a propensity to read instructions thoroughly…so that’s what I did first. I read the packaging and the enclosed insert, and when it said to practice first, I did…on the insert. Success! I also learned something new in the instructions…when scoring, the score line should be the outside of the fold and the “bump” is the inside of the fold. The few times I’ve actually taken the time to score paper before folding it I’ve always done the reverse. Now I know!
Another tip: when using the bone folder to make your score lines is to always hold it at a 45 degree angle. When I held it at a 90 degree angle, using the “point” of it, I got off track.
For my first projects I thought I’d do something simple like an A2 envelope. I took a nice thick piece of Imaginisce double-sided paper and cut it to 8 ½” x 8 ½”. I placed the envelope guide onto the upper left corner of the score board and then lined up my paper so it was flat against the guide. I scored it at the 3” mark and then rotated the paper 90 degrees. I then scored it at 3 5/8” and turned it another 90 degrees. I repeated those two steps over again until I had four score lines that created a rectangle in the middle of my paper.

I then cut out the small triangles in between the score lines and folded all the flaps inward and adhered them in place.
Success!

The next thing I made was a box. I started by looking at the box size options on the compartment door, and opted for a 4” square box. I started with two 12” square piece of paper for the box. I easily scored my paper and cut it where the directions said to. I then folded and glued it together.

I decided that my box was a bit plain, so I dressed it up with a strip of 2” wide paper that I scored and accordion-folded every quarter inch. I joined the two ends together and glued it to a recycled scrap paper to give it some stability. I topped off that with a lace ribbon I gathered to form a flower and another accordion folded strip of paper; this one was only ½” wide. I topped off that layer with a small brad that I covered with felt.
I had so much fun making all those scores for the box topper that I just had to do one more; they were so fast to make! I took two 1 ½” wide stripes of paper and scored them every ½”. I then folded and joined them together to create circle. I adhered it to a strip of paper and ribbon that I had wrapped around a faux candle.To top everything off I added a chipboard embellishment piece to the center of my accordion circle.
Finally, I made an A2 gate-fold card. It’s one of the styles of card that has measurements and instructions inside the bone folder compartment. I cut my paper to 8 ½” x 5 ½”, and then scored it at the 2 1/8 ” mark and the 6 3/8” mark, per the instructions. I folded my paper on the score lines and then sprayed the front of my card with “Marshmallow” Glimmer Mist to give it a frosty look. I then created a band to encircle the “waist” of my card.
I found that when creating projects that have numerous folds in them like my gift box topper or the embellishment on my faux candle, having a scoring board is priceless! It’s the quickest most accurate way to make that many score marks. It’s also really nice to use the score board to create things that don’t have that many score lines (like envelopes and boxes) because you get a really accurate line, and it’s really convenient to have the sizes and score measurements right in front of you without having to calculate them yourself or Google them.
To see the Martha Stewart Score Board in action, check out our video of it from CHA.
Pros:
  • Comes with a bone folder and an envelope guide with measurements to jump-start your project.
  • On-board storage space for both the bone folder and envelope guide.
  • Score marks at 1/8” intervals.
  • Accommodates paper up to 12 ½” square.
  • Light-weight for travel.
Cons:
  • The door for the bone folder is hard to open.
  • Measures approximately 14” x 13” x ¾” so storage space maybe an issue for some.
GIVEAWAY
The kind folks at EK Success Brands will be giving one lucky winner their very own Martha Stewart Scoring Board. To enter, just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Martha Stewart Scoring Board. Answer any one of these questions in the Comments Section right below this article on our website.

So what tools do you use to score paper? What sorts of projects would you make with this tool?

One comment per person, per article, please. You have until Sunday, November 21st 6pm CST to enter.

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EZ Mount Premium Static Cling Mounting Cushion

Reported by Erin Bassett

Stampers have many choices of what to use to mount their rubber stamps to acrylic blocks. As a stamper myself, I’ve used double-sided tape, repositionable glue, window cling film, and static cling cushions. My favorite way by far is the EZ Mount Premium Static Cling Mounting Cushion for a number of reasons. First off, it has a “you love it or your money back” guarantee. -what’s not to love about that?!
Secondly, the cling side of it is super smooth so you get a fantastic seal against your acrylic block (there’s nothing that drives me more crazy when stamping then to have my stamp fall off the block just as I’m ready to stamp it!!).
Thirdly, the adhesive on it is SUPER sticky! The manufacture says you’ll never have to remount your stamp again, and while I can’t verify that I can testify that the ones I mounted with it years ago have never had to be remounted…in fact they look just the same as they did the day I mounted them.
EZ Mount comes in 8 ½” x 11” sheets. There are two thicknesses: EZ Thin Mount (1/16” and black in color) is best for small or narrow stamps such as sayings or verses. Since it has less cushioning it keeps your stamp from wobbling while you’re stamping. You can also use the EZ Thin Mount on top of stamps that already have foam on them (ie: Stampin’ Up stamps) if you’re converting them to unmounted stamps.
The regular EZ Mount (1/8” thick and gray in color) is best for stamps that are larger, such as backgrounds, since the extra cushioning allows the stamp to stamp more evenly. For medium stamps you can use either one, but I prefer to use the regular EZ Mount when ever possible since the extra cushioning allows the stamp to stamp uniformly.
To mount your stamps onto either the EZ Thin Mount or the regular EZ Mount follow these steps:
Pros:
  • Easy to use.
  • Guaranteed for life!! (according to the manufacture, the cushion won’t go flat, tear or wear out over time and the adhesive will withstand time as well).
  • Sticks fabulously to smooth surfaces without a sticky residue.
Cons:
  • Not always readily available in craft stores, but may be purchased online a variety of retailers.
What products do you use to mount your rubber stamps for use on acrylic blocks?

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Cardstock Comparison

Reported by: Erin Bassett
With so many brands of premium cardstock out on the market now, I thought it would be nice to really look closely at some of the major brands and see if there was any big differences between them.
I decided to compare the ones I use most often: American Crafts, Bazzill, and Stampin’ Up. Here’s some of the similarities and differences you’ll find when purchasing them. You can download the chart below here:
Since I’m comparing them using the stash I have on hand, I don’t have all of the same textures for them. So, I was curious to see if that would play a part in my testing. I used the “orange peel” textured Bazzill cardstock, the “smooth” Stampin’ Up cardstock and the only texture that the American Crafts cardstock comes in (which is similar to a canvas texture).
Now as far as actual use goes, I didn’t really notice any major differences between them when I cut out some die cuts with my Cricut. I cut out the same shapes using the same settings and they all cut out about the same….not really a surprise since they are all the same weight of cardstock. (Although the Stampin’ Up cardstock seems a bit stiffer then the others.)
I also tested how Copic markers would work on them. As expected, I didn’t notice a difference.
One other test I preformed on the cardstocks is how well they folded. Nothing ticks me off more then paper that cracks when it’s folded. -It can make cards and other paper crafts look a bit tacky. Well, I’m happy to report that none of these cardstocks did that!!
Basically I think one’s choice between these cardstocks would boil down to the color and texture of cardstock needed for a craft project and how much it costs.
Pros:
  • American Crafts cardstock tends be the most inexpensive
  • Bazzill cardstock has a huge variety of colors and textures
  • Stampin Up has smooth cardstock that is perfect for stamping on
  • All three cardstocks preformed about the same
  • All three cardstocks are available for purchase online.
Cons:
  • With so many great papers you may run out of space!
Resources:
Do YOU have a favorite cardstock? Tell us what it is and why it’s your favorite.
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