Versatile Bone Folder
The Bone Folder (#102300) is a pretty amazing little gadget. It has so many uses, it's the #1 tool in my box – I reach for it before I reach for any card stock or paper. These are my top five tips.
The Bone Folder is thickest in the middle and tapers to every edge in a gentle curve. This allows you to fold and crease your card stock with a soft crease when you use the curved middle or make a sharp crease with the tapered edge.
The pointed end is ideal for making score lines. Use any kind of straight edge and draw the Bone Folder point along it wherever you want the score line placed.
You can use the Bone Folder to make patterns in paper, either raised for the embossed look or indented for the debossed look. Use the pointed end for more precise marks. The curved end will give you different effects. For embossing, place your paper or card stock right side down on the Piercing Pad from the Mat Pack (#105826) and draw your design. For the debossed look, place it right side up. Be careful not to press too hard or you'll tear your design.
The Bone Folder also makes a handy tool for texturizing with heat embossing. Coat your surface to be embossed with pigment ink such as a VersaMark Pad (#102283), Craft Stampin' Pad or Encore Pad, depending upon the project. Cover it with your desired embossing powder and tap off the excess. Draw your texture design on the surface with the point of the Bone Folder, tapping off any flaking. Melt the embossing powder with the Embossing Heat Tool (#100005) and let cool.
- I use my Bone Folder to hold down my card stock when I'm heat embossing an image. Bone doesn't conduct heat as much as metal.
- The Bone Folder also saves wear and tear on my fingers and hands when I'm creasing card stock.