If you’re reading this you are probably having a bit of difficulty with a design that requires attached score lines. Maybe you’re not quite sure what score lines are even for? Or you keep trying to use them and you wind up cutting them instead of scoring? Fortunately, this is a pretty common issue. Sandy has a great video tutorial that we’re going show you, so you can either follow along here or watch her video below and then stop back if you still need a hand.
Let’s do it!
What is scoring?
Scoring means putting a crease or indent on the paper, so it can fold easily and cleanly. For thick and heavy paper or cardstock, folding without scoring first can make the paper crack or rip, and you’ll get messy folds. So to get the cleanest, professional-looking folds, it’s important to score them first. On diagrams for paper crafts, score lines are marked as dashed or solid lines along which you’ll fold, instead of cut. You’ll see them on tabs and folded edges. We’ll go over exactly how Design Space marks them so you can always make sure to cut your cuts, and score your…scores!
How to attach score lines in Design Space: step-by-step
In order to score lines with your Cricut, you’ll need the scoring tool accessory. The Cricut Explore Air series and Cricut Maker both have dual heads to hold the scoring stylus and the regular cutting blade at the same time. But before you start scoring, you need to make sure to designate the dashed, dotted, or solid fold lines in your diagram as score lines in Cricut Design Space, and attach them to the layer that is being cut.
You can check out this video to see exactly how to do that!
That’s it! With what you know now you can easily make something like this medium tumbler box:
I added the coffin “storage box”, which is a smaller version of the FREE Creepy Coffin box. I embossed the vellum coffin panel using the an embossing folder from the Cuttlebug Happy Haunting Set.
I sprayed the skull and bones die cut with copper glimmer mist.
I intend to use it for my Halloween decor and as a lantern on Halloween night for all the kiddos! Can you see the glow of the tealight?
Additional designs and products used:
Cricut Design Space images: Skull on the roof is from Creepy Critter, Triangle banner from Celebrations, Trick or Treat image from Pumpkin Carvings was layered and flattened on top of the Sign from Camp Out to print and cut
Googly Monster Eyes from Dollar Tree
Copper Glimmer Mist
Linen Textured paper from older GCD Studios paper pack, Spooked
Cuttlebug embossing folder from Happy Haunting Set
Black vellum used behind eyes and white vellum paper on door window was colored with Ranger Distress Inks
For years, consumer SVG cutting files for boxes, bags, and cards included dashed scorelines only. This is because earlier die cutting machines had the capability to cut the dashed line to allow folding. With technology advancements, the consumer die cutters continue to get better and better. Some now even have the capability of scoring solid lines! This is the reason we are now are including two different scorelines versions in all our new Simply Crafty SVG files. One will be in the traditional dashed format AND the other a solid scoreline version.
What does that mean to me and should I really care?
If you are using a machine capable of using solid scorelines, you might care. Using the files located in the solid_scorelines folder will allow those with Cricut Explore and Sizzix eClips2 to score a solid line, instead of dashed lines. Many people prefer this, as it is a cleaner look. If you do have a compatible machine, we have included these files to use instead of the files with dashed scorelines. So, when you see a file with a dashed scoreline, check the solid_scorelines folder and import that version instead of the dashed version.
Cricut Design Space users, this means you still have to attach and change the solid scorelines to “Score” within Design Space to use with your score tool. You can will use the dashed scorelines version, if you prefer. Some people still like to “cut” their scorelines instead of using the score tool, which is sometimes preferable for 3D type projects. Click here for additional Cricut help. We have some more scoring tips here.
Sizzix eClips2 Users:
For Sizzix eClips2 users, change the Cut Line Type of the solid scorelines lines to “Score” instead of cut within eCal2. If you prefer cutting the scorelines, go ahead and use the dashed scorelines version. Click here for addition eCAL help.
Why do you still include the dashed scorelines?
We still include the dashed scorelines is to make sure our files are compatible with most die cutters that use SVG file, even if they do not have the capability to use the solid scorelines. We are not into exclusion. We love all technology!
What if I have a Silhouette Cameo? Is there a way I can cut solid lines?
Great news! We created this video tutorial to show you how you can use the second tool with a ratchet blade to easily score using a light kiss cut. Click here to view the video. I use it all the time and it works great! For more Silhouette help, click here.
I hope this was helpful to you all! Happy Crafting!