We are happy to bring you this week’s Featured Company: Design By Ryn.
This week Designs by Ryn is giving away Hibiscus unmounted rubber stamp sheets, Hibiscus includes 4 rubber stamp designs from the collection – Hibiscus, Sideways Hibiscus, Hibiscus Flower Set and Hibiscus Leaf Set. They come organized on an unmounted rubber sheet measuring 5.5″ by 8.5″. The stamps can be separated with a pair of sharp scissors. This product does not include any backing or cling-mount for mounting the stamps.
Ryn is also giving away a coordinating stencil on her blog – so be sure to stop by and leave a comment.
Design By Ryn Designer – Ryn Tanaka
Today we welcome back Ryn Tanaka. We are so excited to have her showcase her work today on Paper Crafter’s Library. You can see Ryn’s fabulous project below, but first, here is a little more about her:
Designs by Ryn is the manifestation of a dream that began a long time ago for me. I have always wanted to create a lifestyle that fits me and what I want out of my life. One that would allow me to create during working hours and give me the flexibility in my schedule to travel. For the longest time I wondered if something was wrong with me for not fitting into the multitude of ready made jobs that I tried. It wasn’t until I attended a seminar at the Small Business Centre in London, Ontario that I realized that many of those misfit traits of mine were what they called entrepreneurial.
I was hooked by that idea but had absolutely no working knowledge of business. The next few months I laboured over a business plan and submitted it to a program offered at the Centre – the Self Employment Benefit Program. To my absolute joy I was accepted!
I was given a foundation of business related workshops and an advisor – Gord Evans – who went over and above to help me with my project – a business that offered high quality rubber stamp designs based on my artwork. The beginnings of Designs by Ryn.
In order to have the flexibility of location that I wanted my store would need to be online. Never mind that I was almost completely technologically challenged and didn’t own a computer! The library computers just wouldn’t cut it so I walked into Staples and many questions later walked out with a laptop, printer and… A boyfriend?! Lol. That’s another story all together 😉
He became my “tech department” helping with the many issues that came with designing, printing and cutting my catalogues and product cards from home. I also bought a scroll saw – another foreign piece of machinery to me – determined to hand cut the stamps once mounted on cling-cushion. The first day I was in tears having destroyed at least half of my attempts but in time I learned.
The website went through several transformations which took a lot of time and patience. The delays forced me to focus on marketing to stores and at festivals. It wasn’t until early 2012 that at long last the new version of my site was released as a fully functioning store.
I am now thrilled to see my stamps getting international exposure. I have built a Design Team of 8 wonderfully kind and talented ladies who consistently create inspiring art using my designs – Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries (Netherlands), Anja Hardenfels (Germany) Eileen Godwin (UK) Karin van den Broek (Netherlands), Kellie Murton (US), Miranda Degenaars (Netherlands), Shirley Deatcher (Canada) and Wendy McCarthy (UK). I also encourage customers to share their work by hosting a monthly Customer Creation Challenge on my blog. I find myself constantly delighted by what people make. The most inspiring part is that this business is allowing me to connect in a meaningful way to other creative individuals around the world.
Recently I have branched into offering Unmounted Rubber Sheets of my designs to stores and have also released a new line of Stencils. That dream of mine is slowly getting there. I am endlessly thankful to all of the people along the way who have purchased my products and supported me on this journey. Thank you 🙂
Website/Online Shop: http://designsbyryn.com
Design Team: http://designsbyryn.com/index.php/about/design-team/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Designs-by-Ryn-Rubber-Stamps/109910612397824
Retailer List: http://designsbyryn.com/index.php/about/retailers1/
I started off with embossing my Hibiscus stamps on Canson mixed media paper. Clear embossing powder seals the area that the designs are stamped on so that the designs remain white when coloured ink is added to the background.
The next step was to add some Dylusions Ink Sprays (Pure Sunshine, Fresh Lime and Postbox Red).
When dry, I stamped my raindrop designs (Water Effects 2) with black Versa Fine ink. Before adding the highlights I used my heat gun to dry the ink. Versa Fine takes a while to dry and you don’t want to smudge the image by trying to work with it when it’s still wet.
For tips on how to get the droplets to look the most 3D you can check out a video that I made on YouTube explaining the process in more detail: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XUUvQsypIyE
The individual Hibiscus flowers were embossed in white on scrap pieces of paper that I had painted earlier. When cutting them out I loosely followed the contour of the design’s outer edge. I then used a black Micron pen to fill the extra space. I did this to make my life easier when cutting out the designs and also to tie the flowers in with the black Raindrops.
Last steps were to pop some flowers up with adhesive foam, add rhinestones and darken the edges of the cards with black ink. Finished! Hope you like the end result 🙂
We hope you have enjoyed today’s feature. We want to extend a sincere thank you to Ryn Tanaka for her fabulous project and Design By Ryn for sharing their company with us. Be sure to visit Design By Ryn to see more of their products and their blog for some inspiration!
In order to enter the give-away to win the prize shown above, please leave us a comment in the comments section of this post. The winner will be announced next Wednesday.
Don’t forget Ryn is also giving away a coordinating stencil on her blog – so be sure to stop by and leave a comment.