Duoprinting with Chlorophyll

by Lydia Fiedler

In a fun, two-for-one process, create beautiful botanical cards from the plants in your yard.

Supplies

  • Plants from your yard

  • Die cutting machine
  • (Big Shot Express used here)
  • Paper towels

  • Printer paper

  • Cardstock or watercolor paper
  • (Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Fabriano cold press watercolor paper used here)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Gather some leaves and plants from your yard, and label them if desired. In general, herbs and flowers can contain a lot of juice, and waxy plants don't have enough. Look for plants somewhere in between - experiment.

  2. Step 2

    Fold the copy paper in half. Build the following sandwich: cutting plate, paper towel, folded copy paper (open), piece of cardstock, plant.

  3. Step 3

    Place a second piece of cardstock on top of the plant. Close the folded copy paper, and place second cutting plate on top. Run through die cutting machine on the normal setting you use for thin steel dies.

  4. Step 4

    When you open the sandwich, you will see that you've gotten two prints - a positive and a negative. Carefully remove the plant and allow to dry completely.

  5. Step 5

    If you remove the plant and there's some plant matter stuck to the cardstock, wait until the paper is completely dry, and then gently remove it with an adhesive eraser or by gently rubbing with your fingers.

  6. Step 6

    Try watercolor paper for more detailed prints.

  7. Step 7

    Here's an example of how waxier plants give a much lighter impression.

  8. Step 8

    Finish your card. On this finished sample, I added a small amount of watercolor shading.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Duoprinting with Chlorophyll. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Gorgeous tutorial, addictive process - thank you so much for sharing this one! xoxo
dina  |  Tue Jul 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM
I can't wait till the sun comes up and I can try this technique! I, too, love gardening and this is thrilling to me. Thanks, Lydia.
Trish  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 3:17 AM
Thanks for sharing this tutorial, it looks great. I'll definitely be going to have a go at this technique. Now out to the garden.
Barbra Mills  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 5:02 AM
I have done a similar thing using watercolor paper and a hammer. This is so much easier! Thanks a bunch for this.
Jeanette Robertson  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 5:33 AM
I will be using this for a class I teach at my mom's retirement home. This will wow the ladies. Thank you for an excellent video.
Mary Anne Perlmutter  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 6:06 AM
I can't see the video. All I get is a black screen. The written tutorial is great, but would like to see it being done. Is it just me? Thanks.
Vivian  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 6:35 AM
Super and easy tutorial, Lydia. I love the idea of the Desert Willow as an undersea plant. Wish I had one to use on an underwater card.
Benzi  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 7:03 AM
This is gorgeous, Lydia!! I can't wait to try it!
Shelly Hickox  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 7:11 AM
Lovely, Lydia. My grandchildren are coming over for lunch today, and they'll LOVE this!
Carolynn  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 7:34 AM
Vivian, the video is great but you never actually SEE her cranking it through. So the tutorial is enough!
Enjoy!!
Ree Donnelly  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 8:09 AM
Great idea Mary Anne!
lydia  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 8:21 AM
Vivian - if you are using Internet Explorer, that is probably the problem. Switch to Chrome or Firefox and you should be fine.
lydia  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 8:21 AM
Thanks for the beautiful tutorial and informative video. Wonderful technique!
Joanne Travis  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 9:21 AM
Did not do with leaf plants, but what you did came out very nice. I used flower doing the same process as you did and came out pretty and last year i did those like white mushrooms growing in the yard---did not use thin rubber glove, but can as never know if bad ones, I was careful not to touch my face and had no problem, but when done washed hands very good. I Broke off the stem, dipped gently in ink pad and stamped on card with several sizes and colors---each can be used several times if careful not to press too hard and break them and they look like flowers, can add stamped leaves, centers for them sentiment and or ribbon or twine were very pretty---were not put thru die cut machine. May be pretty if do the leaves as you did and then add the mushroom flower here and there.
DonnaJeanne S  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 9:34 AM
These are so pretty Lydia! beautiful cards! can't wait to try smile
beth rush  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 9:59 AM
Try using the same "sandwich" but running it through a hot laminator. Then place just the plant material between pages of an old telephone book or other ABSORBENT paper and weigh the book with something flat and heavy for a couple of weeks. You will end up with perfectly pressed leaves as well as a nice botanical image.
Lynn L  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Wwwooooooo! My heart is beating triple time for this technique. I read it over on your blog first and had to come over here, too. Thank you for your tutorial -- I am in love!
Rosy Newlun  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 12:08 PM
really lovely
Janet Rubas  |  Wed Jul 12, 2017 at 2:55 PM
Thank you Lydia for sharing your beautiful, clean work. I love to see all the different plants printed like that. Thanks also to Beth for sharing with you and your group. :>)
Kim Hahn  |  Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 9:21 AM
Oh.My.Oh.My!!!! What a neat technique. A few friends and I get together from time to time to make cards. We each bring two designs/techniques and the cut out material for each attendee to do both cards. This will definitely be one of my techniques. I can't wait to do this! They're going to think I'm so brilliant...but I will give you the credit smile
Diane McGovern  |  Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 5:06 PM

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