Folding Cardstock Without Cracking

Would love to know any tips for scoring and folding cardstock to help eliminate the chance of the edge cracking or flaking. I know I heard some advice awhile ago about which way to fold dependent on the 'fold or valley' when you have scored, but I cannot recall what the advice was. It is disappointing to be constructing pages, envelopes or inserts, only to have the folded edges start to disintegrate. Thanks in anticipation.

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Jul 05, 2016
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Cracking card stock.
by: Kasandra

I've found the best and most consistent anti-crack cardstock is from Stampin Up. It really depends on the brand and the quality. There may be others but this is a sure thing.

Kasandra

Jul 04, 2016
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Textured Cardstock
by: Maz Ginbey

I have found that when using a Cardstock with texture on one side you should always fold with the two textured sides to the inside first then fold back the other way. This helps to stretch the fibres to prevent cracking.

Jul 03, 2016
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Thank You
by: Anonymous

Namaste

Thank you all so much for your awesome advice beautiful ladies. I will practice feeling into the 'grain of the paper' and where my cutting and scoring is not dependent on the design, I will use that as my first rule of thumb. Next comes the valley and the mountain, and gently gently. Wow, I am so glad I asked. How fantastic to have such a great forum to ask, share and be inspired.

Jul 03, 2016
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Folding cardstock
by: Linda

Be sure to use a scoring tool or board. Fold gently and then use folder to burnish the edge. If yhe cardstock has right and wrong sides, score on the wrong side.I use regular paper to make envelopes.

Jul 03, 2016
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Valley vs. Mountain Score
by: Elizabeth

When scoring your paper or cardstock, the 'valley' of your score line should be the outside of the fold.

Also, I have found that when burnishing a fold, it is sometimes better to make several passes using less pressure, rather than one or two with a lot of pressure on the bone folder.

Jul 03, 2016
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Folding Cardstock
by: janet

Hi I had same problem and realised I was scoring too hard. Altered the pressure of my hand and score gently and I fold in towards the score line. I then burnish it gently with scorer. Hope this helps.

Jul 03, 2016
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Reply to Cardstock Cracking....
by: Rachel JazzyCreations

Hi there! When you hold a piece of cardstock in your hands, whether it's 8.5 x 11 or 12 x 12, slightly bend or bow it. Do you feel the tension? Now turn the paper 1/4 turn and do that again. You'll feel a tension in the paper. One direction, the tension will be stronger than the other. The easier way is the way you should hold it and lay it down on your surface, or score board. That is called "folding with the grain" of the paper. If you score it the opposite direction, or the way you felt more resistance, it will/may crack. I hope that explanation made sense. If you would like a demonstration, I can do that for you.

Rachel.

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