Thursday’s Tip: Why Does The Scoring Stylus Have Two Different Sized Ends?

By | March 14, 2019

Have you ever wondered why the Scoring Stylus has two different sized ends?  When should you use each one? Although I’ve had my Scoring Board for many years, I only recently learned the difference between them.  Today I thought I would share this with you.

Why Does The Scoring Stylus Have Two Different Sized Ends

You should use the end with the smaller ball for scoring cardstock, and the end with the larger ball when scoring Designer Series Paper [DSP].  By using the end with the large ball on paper, you are less likely to rip through the DSP, as long as you don’t score too firmly! Below you can find out the basics of scoring, as well as a few extra tips.

Scoring Board

If you need a tool for scoring, I would highly recommend the Stampin’ Up! Scoring Board.  The main board is imperial, but it also has the option of a metric plate too, so you can easily use those measurements as well.

Simply Scored

On the left half of the metric plate, there are grooves every 1 cm with five speciality grooves to score standard metric card sizes.  On the right side of the plate, there are grooves every 5 mm.

The Simply Scored is a complete system for flawless scoring.   The piece of cardstock you are scoring stays in one place so you will be more accurate with your measurements. You can create multiple scored projects, or projects with many score lines, like rosettes. If you are scoring something and using the same scoring measurement several times, put the place markers at the measurements you need, and then score.  You can then use these for reference each time.

Bonus Scoring Tips:

  • When you are new to scoring, it can sometimes be hard to keep the scoring stylus in the groove and it may jump tracks.  If you stand up, rather than sit down and score, you are more likely to score straight down the track sine you are more upright.
  • When scoring, it is better to start on the right-hand side and work towards the left, so that you are basically scoring from the bigger to the smaller number.  This helps to keep the cardstock in place and makes the scoreline more accurate.  If you score from left to right, the cardstock/DSP is being widened because of the scoring stylus pressing into the cardstock.  By moving from the right to left, the scoreline measurements are more accurate.

Here is a video showing you some tips when using the Simply Scored.  Please note that when I made this video, I didn’t fully understand the difference between the different sized ends of the Stylus.  I also call it a scoring tool, rather than a stylus, in the video.

If you would like to purchase the Simply Scored or any other Stampin’ Up! products, and you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be your Demonstrator.  You can either order online through my online store, or email me directly.  Please also check out my Loyalty Programme.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I hope you found today’s tips about why the scoring stylus has two different sized ends, as well as the bonus tips and video, useful.

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