I use this technique alot in classes, folding the paper by hand to get a crease. That has resulted in ALOT of papercuts! I recently got a Scor-It and it is perfect for making leaves from scrap paper.
The Zutter Zisters Bind-it-All Design Team loves using the Scor-it - it's a great companion to the Zutter tools and can help you work with paper in a whole new way. Try some folding techniques to add creativity to your projects. See Lea Sanders creations on the post below as well as the DT gallery for lots of ideas with the Scor-it!
Here is how you can make hand-made paper leaves!
- Gather several circle punches , some scrap green paper and cardstock, and a Scor-It.
- Fold the paper in half, with a nice sharp crease. A Scor-It works really well for doing this! If you're using scraps like I did, create creases in the paper about every 1/2" to 3/4" across the whole width of the paper.
- Fold each crease and punch until you're left with a swiss cheese piece of paper--you'll get the most bang for your buck this way;)
- Using a circle punch punch partial circles along the creased edge of the paper. You’ll want to have the paper only about ¼ of the way into the punch.
- The closer you get to having the paper halfway in the more likely you will have a circle when you unfold the punched paper.
- For larger leaves use a larger diameter punch and for smaller leaves use a small diameter punch.
- Here I really used a "Scrap" of paper--you can get the most out of scraps you'd otherwise throw away by punching things out of them.
- You can also try scalloped, pinked, or other decorative edged circle punches to make more interesting leaves.
- Try punching colored paper to make flower petals!
- When you're done, you can use the leaves right away or save them for a future project.
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