Tutorial: Grid Scoring

Hey there! I'm checking in today to share with you how I make the grid pattern seen here and here. A couple of you asked for a tutorial on how to achieve this look and here it is! Please excuse my dry hands and chipped nail polish in the pictures! Haha! You know how it is....

First, I use the Martha Stewart Score Board- I love the board! It is broken down into 1/8" increments and that is the size I like my grid pattern. You can very easily make this grid pattern in larger sizes by scoring at different increments. You'll see what I mean when I show you how it's done!

Here I have my MS Score Board with a 5 1/2" by 2 1/4" strip of Ocean Tides cardstock. I lined the cardstock up flush in the corner of the score board. Being sure to hold the cardstock in place, I used the scoring tool to score straight lines every 1/8" for the entire length of the cardstock.

You have to be sure to hold the cardstock securely in place so that you can create straight lines without the paper slipping. Here is a closer look of the lines created with the scoring tool.

Once you complete all the score lines all the way across the length of the cardstock, flip the cardstock around and make sure the cardstock is flush in the corner of the score board again. Holding the cardstock in place, score every 1/8" to complete the grid pattern. 

Here is a closer shot of how the grid pattern is forming. By crossing over the score lines you made initially, you create a great box pattern on the cardstock.

Here is another shot -- you see that I had to readjust my hands to be sure that the cardstock didn't slip while I was scoring.

This is a simple way to add some texture and depth to your card! When I finished scoring this piece, I cut it down the center so I could use it for two different cards. Here is one of the cards I made with this grid scored cardstock.

I paired the Ocean Tides grid pattern paper with Rustic Cream cardstock, Hero Arts Long Stems stamp and the sentiment from Mat Stack 1 Collection. 

And here's another close up of the grid pattern! I'm so glad you all liked the technique -- I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions!

Thanks for stopping by!




  1. Super tutorial, Steph......I've been really wanting to try this and now you've given me the reminder.

  2. Beautiful card Steph and great tutorial. Thanks very much.

  3. Very pretty card Steph. the scoring panel sure adds a great detail to the card.

  4. Hmph. SO simple yet adds so much! Must try this out! Thanks!

  5. Boy you are one crafty crafter ...... it adds such a wonderful touch without it being too much!!!

  6. Beautiful card, and a great technique. Thanks for taking the time to share it!

  7. Great technique and great cards (this one and the two previous cards that you linked to). The added texture really makes the cards special!

  8. Oh, that grid scoring looks like a lot of fun! Yay for the MS score board!


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