Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q & A -

Whether it is mak­ing a stan­dard base card, ac­cor­dion fold­ing or cre­at­ing some other type of card fold, know­ing how to fold prop­erly is im­por­tant!


Use a bone folder to score the card. This will make fold­ing eas­ier and en­sure a crisp fold. If you don't have a bone folder, try an em­boss­ing sty­lus, a pa­per trim­mer with a scor­ing blade or even the blunt edge of a but­ter knife.


Choose a base card that is heavy enough to sup­port pat­terned pa­pers and em­bel­lish­ments, but not too heavy that you can't get a nice sharp crease in your folded edges. 200-250gsm is usu­ally rec­om­mended.


When you fold your card, fold it in the op­po­site di­rec­tion of the scored line to get a cleaner, stronger crease. Turn the card over so that the score line is fac­ing down. Fold the right side of the card over to meet the other side.


Fold your pa­per or card with the grain. If you score or fold your pa­per in the di­rec­tion of the pa­per's fi­bres you will break fewer fi­bres, avoid a cracked fold and get a nice sharp crease.


Scor­ing boards are a help­ful tool as they have score lines and come with a scor­ing tool, mak­ing it quicker to cre­ate base cards and dif­fer­ent folds with crisp, flaw­less lines.

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