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With the holidays fast approaching, original gift and packaging ideas are in high demand. With that in mind, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to share with you one of my very favorite tools to use over at TV—the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board!

Perfect for making boxes, cards, envelopes (and much, much more!), the Scoring Board is a must-have for anyone wanting to add a personal, truly creative touch to the holiday season.

Follow the photo gallery below for an introduction to this amazing tool and a quick little tutorial on crafting both a simple box and a simple envelope. But don't stop there! Be sure to get your own Scoring Board (available at Martha Stewart Crafts online for less than $20) and start crafting to your heart's delight. The possibilities of what you can create are endless!

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The Martha Stewart Crafts

1 The Martha Stewart Crafts "Scoring Board"—one of my favorite craft tools!

The kit comes with three pieces (the board, the envelope making triangle & the bone folder) plus basic instructions.

2 The kit comes with three pieces (the board, the envelope making triangle & the bone folder) plus basic instructions.

Unlike most scoring boards available, the Martha Stewart version has scoring channels every 1/8 inch for infinite scoring capabilities. Brilliant!

3 Unlike most scoring boards available, the Martha Stewart version has scoring channels every 1/8 inch for infinite scoring capabilities. Brilliant!

The top of the board holds the bone folder as well as handy measurement

4 The top of the board holds the bone folder as well as handy measurement "cheat sheets" for various sizes of cards and boxes.

I decided to work with paper from the Martha Stewart Crafts

5 I decided to work with paper from the Martha Stewart Crafts "Neutrals" 12" by 12" paper pad—another one of my favorites!

To make a 4

6 To make a 4" by 4" by 2" box, I started by cutting two 8-inch square pieces of paper (one for the top of the box and one for the bottom).

I scored each of the four edges of each piece of paper at the 2-inch mark and folded along the score.

7 I scored each of the four edges of each piece of paper at the 2-inch mark and folded along the score.

For the top, I positioned the paper at the arrow mark, allowing a bit of room (about 1/16 on each side) for the top to fit snuggly over the bottom.

8 For the top, I positioned the paper at the arrow mark, allowing a bit of room (about 1/16 on each side) for the top to fit snuggly over the bottom.

Here we have the top on the left and the bottom on the right—scored & folded.

9 Here we have the top on the left and the bottom on the right—scored & folded.

I then cut along the short folds at either end of each box piece and folded the flaps up. You can see the box taking shape!

10 I then cut along the short folds at either end of each box piece and folded the flaps up. You can see the box taking shape!

With a little bit of double-sided tape, I secured each of the small flaps to the larger flaps at either end, creating the top and bottom of my box.

11 With a little bit of double-sided tape, I secured each of the small flaps to the larger flaps at either end, creating the top and bottom of my box.

Put the two pieces together and you've got a lovely 4

12 Put the two pieces together and you've got a lovely 4" by 4" by 2" craft paper box!

To make a fabulous envelope, I started with a piece of pearlescent cream paper and cut out an 8.5

13 To make a fabulous envelope, I started with a piece of pearlescent cream paper and cut out an 8.5" square.

I inserted the envelope making triangle into the grooves of the scoring board, flush with the top and side measurement rails.

14 I inserted the envelope making triangle into the grooves of the scoring board, flush with the top and side measurement rails.

I laid the paper on the board, directly abutting the triangle.

15 I laid the paper on the board, directly abutting the triangle.

I scored across two of the opposite corners at 3

16 I scored across two of the opposite corners at 3" and then (for the remaining two corners) at 3 5/8".

Folding along each of the scores gave me this fun shape.

17 Folding along each of the scores gave me this fun shape.

Then, just by cutting out the little triangles, you can begin to see the envelope really taking shape.

18 Then, just by cutting out the little triangles, you can begin to see the envelope really taking shape.

I folded the two side flaps in toward the center of the envelope and secured the bottom flap to each of them with double-sided tape.

19 I folded the two side flaps in toward the center of the envelope and secured the bottom flap to each of them with double-sided tape.

Then I secured the top flap down to the rest of the envelope.

20 Then I secured the top flap down to the rest of the envelope.

And, magically, with just one simple tool and almost no time at all, you have a fabulous craft paper box and a beautiful, shimmery envelope.

21 And, magically, with just one simple tool and almost no time at all, you have a fabulous craft paper box and a beautiful, shimmery envelope.

Comments (39)

  • Thanks for the detailed photos. I love the score board. It;s perfect

  • [...] The Martha Stewart Crafts “Scoring Board” - The Crafts Dept. 4 The top of the board holds the bone folder as well as handy measurement "cheat-sheets" for various sizes of cards and boxes. I decided to work with paper from the Martha Stewart Crafts. 5 I decided to work with paper from the Martha Stewart Crafts . With a little bit of double-sided tape, I secured each of the small 11 With a little bit of double-sided tape, I secured each of the small flaps to the larger flaps at either end, creating the top and bottom of my box. [...]

  • I have this scoring board. It is perfect for all size boxes, bags and greeting cards, envelopes. I use it on a regular basis. Loosy

  • I saw this at Michaels yesterday. It's on my wish list! I'll be getting one very soon. Just another great tool in the collection of Martha's crafting supplies.

  • It's on my Christmas wish-list!

  • What a coincidence, I just purchased mine from Michaels yesterday!

  • Score! I always have a tough time folding cardboard perfectly straight. This is going on my craft wishlist too.

  • I love this product! This has worked out great for creating toppers for my etsy packaging!

  • This tool is so cool! :)

  • I am trying to find directions on how to make the paper cake slices that I saw on HSN using the Martha Stewart scoring board. I bought the scoring board but am unable to find the instructions on how to make the cake slices. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • I love the board - the grooves and rulers make scoring *so* much easier. But I was disappointed in the quality of the bone folder. I first used it to score 150 wedding programs. By the time I finished, the plastic bone folder's tip was noticeably filed down. :/

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  • I just purchased this board and love it. I know it will get a lot of use for my Christmas card making.

  • just got this. Is there a list of envelope sizes with corresponding paper size requirements? I make different sizes of cards and would be nice to have a cheat sheet.

    Thanks!

  • Do you have a booklet or more ways to use the Scoring Board? I'm enjoying it but would like to make more things with it.

  • [...] is no question that I am a HUGE fan of the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board (which I blogged about earlier this season). So . . . I figured, why not share another project idea—just in time for the holidays—that [...]

  • [...] by Student There is no question that I am a HUGE fan of the Martha Stewart Crafts Scoring Board (which I blogged about earlier this season). So . . . I figured, why not share another project idea—just in time for the holidays—that [...]

  • LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE it, I like to make my own cards for which I use little twigs and dry leaves that I cut with Martha's punches to decorate the front, so I make boxes to size,specialy for them when I can not hand deliver them. It's a very,very useful tool.

  • Hi Martha
    Just saw how to make boxes and cards, Can't wait to start. I would also like to make flowers and other things for my cards. Is there an instruction book on how to use the scoring board.
    Thanks Filomena

  • what are the dimensions for making an envelope for a 5 1/2 by 5 1/2 card?

  • Crafter Comment:

    You'll see guidelines for a 6 inch envelope on your scoring board- you'll start with a 10 x 10 inch square of paper. Hope that helps!

  • [...] and I bought the Martha Stewart Scoring Board. I couldn’t help it. I’ve been avoiding online shopping for a few weeks now, I think. [...]

  • The score board is fantastic, but the plastic bone folder is lousy. This is easily remedied with a metal embossing tool. Get the type that is used for paper embossing and you'll be a happy score board user. The metal never wears down and I've used this board for over a year now - love it!

  • I love this thing Awesome !!

  • Paper Cake Slices http://www.marthastewart.com/276927/paper-pie-box

  • do you have scores for different sizes boxes other than whats on the board?

  • I have a desperate question!!! I have the socoring board. I know where to store the bone folder, but I can't figure out where/how to store the triangle piece to make envelopes and I don't see any information on the package. If someone can help, I would really appreciate it! Thank you!

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Joanna,

    The triangle piece can be stored underneath the scoring board. There is a slot on the right side of the front edge.

    Thanks!

  • Can you make small envelopes to put inside a card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2) to put money in as a gift?

  • Crafter Comment:

    The answer is yes!

    If the card is an A2, (4 1/2 x 5 1/2) you can make an envelope that is meant for a 4 bar card. Look at the measurements on the envelope tool stored underneath the scoreboard. There you will see that for a 4 bar envelope, you need a 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" piece of paper to make an envelope for a 4 bar card.

  • [...] have the Martha Stewart scoring board that can create envelopes and boxes which allowed me to create a 4 x 4 x 2 box, the heart cookies [...]

  • [...] the paper.  I’ve created a number of complicated folds using this $20 tool.  Here is a link for more [...]

  • [...] Tacky Glue .  Once the sandwich was dry, I cut a simple envelope shape, scored it with my Martha Stewart Score Board  and glued the flaps together with Aileen’s Tacky [...]

  • I bought Martha's score board a few years back. And I use it every chance I get (Which happens to be everyday,several times a day lately). I know ya'll get questions like this all the time and ya'll are probably tired of it, but alas I am forced to ask after several days and long nights online looking for help. I have been trying to make the larger envys and they come out wrong,wrong,wrong.So the problem, on the back of the triangle piece there is a lined bump that allows the piece to lay in the grooves of the board.When you lay the piece down on the board and slide it up and against the top and to the far left it is to small for a 9x9 or larger paper. How do you adjust the triangle to accommodate these larger papers..? Please someone help me. I called CS and they didn't know what I was talking about. I know I am not crazy.Please e-mail me asap I need these cards in the mail yesterday.I do appreciate any help.
    Thank you for ya'lls help.
    MissDinTexas

  • Do you have a cheat sheet for making more different sizes of envelopes than what is listed on the scoring board? I'm looking to make small envelopes like 4" x 4", 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" etc. Please help.
    Thank you,
    Mary Ann

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Mary Ann,

    You can make practically any size envelope using the scoring board -- but we have not worked out formulas for every possible size. For a custom size envelope, place the envelope paper on the scoring board, center the card on top of it, and then score near the sides of the card, allowing a little extra space so the card fits inside the envelope. You can make a few light pencil marks as guides, if you wish. It might take a little trial and error to calculate the best size of paper to start with.

    For envelopes, we like to use a lighter weight paper -- just like the pre-made envelopes you can buy. But in the end, it's a matter of personal preference.

    Hope this helps,
    Laura

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi MissDinTexas,

    You can make practically any size envelope using the scoring board -- but we have not worked out formulas for every possible size. For a custom size envelope, place the envelope paper on the scoring board, center the card on top of it, and then score near the sides of the card, allowing a little extra space so the card fits inside the envelope. You can make a few light pencil marks as guides, if you wish. It might take a little trial and error to calculate the best size of paper to start with.

    For envelopes, we like to use a lighter weight paper -- just like the pre-made envelopes you can buy. But in the end, it's a matter of personal preference.

    Thanks!
    Laura

  • Hi! I've been looking everywhere trying to figure out how to make those circle fan decorations (like the ones on the scoring board packaging). I'd like to make some for an event we're having, but don't know how. Please help! :)

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Briana,

    Here's a link to the paper medallions how-to: http://www.marthastewart.com/267014/edge-punched-medallions

    Good Luck!
    Laura

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