How to make paper leaves with veins
Recently I've been asked how to make the paper leaves with veins I sometimes use in my greeting cards. Let me show you my way of doing this in a step-by-step tutorial.
1. Cut out a paper leaf. I usually fold a sheet of colored paper in two and cut a symmetrical leaf shape around the fold.
2. Fold the leaf in two.
3. Grip it with narrow pointed tweezers, where you want a vein to be. Tip of the tweezers should be as close to the fold as possible.
4. Without releasing the grip of the tweezers, twist them clockwise or counterclockwise, whichever works best for you.
5. You've got a nice crease. Move the tweezers further on a little bit.
6. Twist again, without releasing the grip.
7. Repeat until you get all the creases you need: grip and twist.
You can make parallel veins that go at an angle to the center, or change the angle a little all the time so that the creases diverge like a fan.
Hold the leaf firmly, so that it's creased only where you want it to.
8. Make it to the other end of the leaf.
9. Now you can open the leaf and use it in a greeting card etc.