Scoring and “Stitching” in SCAL2

May 17, 2010 at 1:00 pm 17 comments

Combining layers with the line styles feature in SCAL2 gives you lots of options to work with whether using gel pens or a scoring tool of some kind. Details in the video tutorial below.

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  • 1. PapaSue  |  May 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    VERY nicely done. Great information.


  • 2. Lysa  |  May 17, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Great Video Kay,
    Many thanks for all I learn from your vids. I always visit to see what I can learn. Thanks again,

  • 3. stuartcalls  |  May 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I never thought of using my pen for the stitch marks. Thanks.

  • 4. Danelle  |  May 21, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    Very nicely done!! I want to know, is your SCAL 2 the MAC or PC version? How did you get your buttons nice and big and labeled like that!!???

    • 5. Kay  |  May 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      Mac version. That’s how the buttons are, there’s no preference to change or anything.

  • 6. Evelyn  |  May 28, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Wow, thank you for this helpful tutorial! When I draw stitch marks on my cuts, it’s so uneven. This technique will really enhance the look of my projects! Your tutorial was so clear and easy to follow. (I followed along on my SCAL.) Can’t wait to try it out for real!

    Thanks again – Evelyn

  • 7. Michelle  |  June 9, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you, I watch videos all the time and the first time i have seen one done so clear and understandable. I seen simpler things like loading pens and so on but people over talk and you can get lost. Thank you for a great video

  • 8. Mary Ann Allen  |  June 10, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Great video Kay. I would never have thought of it.

  • 9. Beverly  |  June 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I’ve just recently got SCAL. Oh, wow! Where did you learn all this? Someone needs to write SCAL for Dummies. Can you recommend beginning videos? I also have a MAC. I’ll make a note of this video so if I ever learn how to use pens, I’ll refer to your video. Where do you buy the pens, this is the first I’ve heard of them.

    • 10. Kay  |  June 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm

      Welcome to the fascinating world of SCAL. Take a deep breath and start slowly with a few simple projects.
      Here are 3 places for good SCAL videos

      Pens are available from or

  • 11. Judy Koch  |  July 20, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Thank you for this great tutorial. I have had
    SCAL 2 for several months and was not aware of being able to change any shape into a dotted line or that you could change the size of the shadow with the numbers beside the style. I am very excited to have this new information.

  • 12. Lynn Cook  |  October 25, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I’m so glad I discovered your website! I have been trying to figure out how to cut out an image on the Cricut and make score lines that don’t actually cut the paper. I have the Chomas embossing tip which I thought about using but it requires the latex mat so that wouldn’t work as far as the cutting part is concerned. You mention using the other side of the Cricut cutting blade to create the score line. I haven’t tried it yet but does it really create a good score line?

    • 13. Kay  |  October 25, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      Lynn, Unfortunately nothing will score card stock in a Cricut very well without a special mat.

      • 14. Lynn Cook  |  October 25, 2010 at 9:13 pm

        Darn! Oh, well, I guess I’ll continue scoring by hand. Keep up the great work on your tutorials!

  • 15. Rose  |  December 27, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    What an awesome tutorial. I’ve had my scal for over a year and had no clue it would do this. Thank you so much. I hope you do more tutorials as you are a wonderful teacher.
    Off to sub to your you tube channel so I don’t miss anything.
    Thanks again!

  • 16. thefrugalcrafter  |  September 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    hi Kay,
    I have a couple of questions:
    1. how you you “capture” the screen so you can make a video and voice it over at the same time, is there a program you use for that?
    2. If I create a file in SCAL2 and export it as an SVG will it retain my layers and line styles?

    • 17. Kay  |  September 13, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      Hi Lindsay!
      1. I use a commercial program called Screenflow for “deluxe” videos with subtitles and callouts. Screenflow even lets you have a parallel video feed, too, like I use here
      For short videos (under 5 minutes) with no editing or bells and whistles I use (free).
      2. SCAL2 will preserve layers but not line styles in an exported SVG. Inkscape can do this if you use the Convert to Dashes extension (open path “stitches”) or Stroke to Path (closed path “stitches”).


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