How to Crease & Fold Card Stock

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How to Crease & Fold Card Stock
Card stock (colour samples #21 image by stassad from

Card stock is a thick paper used for creating custom greeting cards. It may crack and look messy if simply folded by hand. Creasing and folding card stock the proper way, using a bone folder, gives your cards a crisp and professional finish.

Once you have designed your cards, there are a few simple steps for finishing them off with a perfect crease and fold.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Bone folder
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Mark lightly in pencil where you want to fold your card stock. Place markings on both edges. Use your ruler if necessary to measure to the centre of the card and place your pencil mark on the edges.

  2. 2

    Place your ruler in between the pencil marks.

  3. 3

    Score your card stock by dragging the bone folder, pressing hard from top to bottom, along the edge of the ruler. To ensure you are scoring in the right place, make sure that the bone folder lands directly in the middle of each pencil mark.

  4. 4

    Fold your card stock by pinching both ends of the score line, making sure the bottom edges line up on both sides.

  5. 5

    Take a piece of paper, preferably in the same colour as the card stock, and lay it over fold. The paper is used to protect the card stock from any shiny marks the bone folder can leave. Take your bone folder and run it over the fold to create a sharp crease.

  6. 6

    Erase your pencil marks.

Tips and warnings

  • Basic bone folders are available at arts and craft stores.
  • For larger projects, you can purchase a scoring blade for most paper trimmers.
  • Do not drag the bone folder too many times, or it can weaken and tear your fold.
  • Humidity can weaken paper and make it susceptible to tearing, so be sure to store your paper in a dry place.

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