Do I need this?

Have you ever seen a new product and asked yourself this question: Do I need this?

(And, if it’s a Stampin’ Up! product, it’s always “YES!”, right? 🙂 )

Well, one of the items in this category is probably the new tool that was made available starting March 1, the Simply Scored Diagonal Plate.

First, what is it?

It’s a plate that sits on top of the bed of the Simply Scored (scoring tool). It fits over the whole bed of the Simply Scored, so no chance of your cardstock or paper slipping underneath (as happens with the accessory for the scoring tool of another brand that goes by the initials of MS). I mean, the diagonal plate fits snugly on the bed, and when you put your cardstock on the diagonal plate, your cardstock is also snug in the corner. Awesome.

The score lines go at a 45 degree angle from top left to bottom right. Score lines are at every one-eighth inch, like the straight lines.

Now, what can it be used for? The Diagonal Plate comes with measurements and instructions to make your own envelopes in 4 sizes. This is handy if you want to make envelopes out of DSP, for example. You’ve wanted to do this before, right? Now you don’t have to use an existing envelope as a template, just score it!

Another demonstrator, Jackie Topa, was crafty enough to come up with scoring instructions for a ton (tonne for Canucks) of envelopes in different sizes. She was nice enough to share this document in the post here.

Okay, sold yet? No? Well, how about this? Have you stayed away from a fancy fold card because of a diagonal score line? Uh, huh… you see where I’m going with this, don’t you?

Well, the Diagonal Plate makes it easy. Really! I tried two different folds that I struggled with before, and it was a breeze to score.

Before: Measure points along the edge of the cardstock, carefully line up the points along the ditch of my Fiskars cutter, then score. Eek. Did the cardstock move? Did I really get it lined up? Or, measure a point along an edge and fold from it, or to it. So tedious, especially for multiples!

After: Snug cardstock in the top left corner. Find measurement along the top, then score. Done! Big sigh of relief!

To illustrate my point, I’ll show you some fancy folds that have a diagonal score line. The first is a type of pocket card that one of my sidelines showed us last year. I never could score the diagonal properly to get the card to line up and lay flat. Well, now it does! (And, here is where she got the inspiration, Tri fold pocket card from Dawn Griffith.)

Here’s the card first. I’ll point out that I wanted the other pattern of the DSP to show, so I didn’t fold the flaps back to the outside like Dawn did.

Inside:

How-to:

  1. Cut DSP to 4″ x 12″, noting any directional patterns.
  2. With 12″ side along the top of the Simply Scored, score 4″ from each side (rotate 180 degrees for second score).
  3. Place Diagonal Plate onto Simply Scored.
  4. With 4″ side of DSP along the top of the plate, score at 0″.
  5. Rotate piece 180 degrees and score at 0″ again. (Note, to do it Dawn’s way, instead of doing steps 4 and 5 how I describe, keep 12″ side along top and score diagonally at 0″ and 8″.)
  6. Fold corners to the inside and fold sides to inside along straight score lines. (Dawn folded the sides back to the outside.)
  7. Tack down corners with a glue dot (or a bit of Sticky Strip).
  8. Secure bottom flap to make pocket.
  9. Decorate outside of card (an element that overlaps both sides works well).
  10. Add insert or gift card into pocket.

Easy, right?

Come back later for another diagonal fold…

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