Featured Company: Design By Ryn – 07 01 2015

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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:

RynTanakaProfilPic-250W-07012015Designs 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 🙂

My links:
Website/Online Shop: http://designsbyryn.com
Design Team: http://designsbyryn.com/index.php/about/design-team/
Blog: http://www.designsbyryn.blogspot.ca/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Designs-by-Ryn-Rubber-Stamps/109910612397824
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/designsbyryn/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8zmmFBGYh9fSn2PAmdkAQ
Retailer List: http://designsbyryn.com/index.php/about/retailers1/

Embossed Hibiscus

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 🙂

– Designs by Ryn rubber stamps: Hibiscus and Water Effects 2
– Versa Fine inkpad: Black Onyx
– Canson Mixed Media Paper
– Dylusions Ink Sprays: Postbox Red, Fresh Lime and Pure Sunshine
– Embossing Powder: White and Clear
– Micron black pen
– Heat Gun
– Exacto knife

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.

Happy Crafting!

85 replies on “Featured Company: Design By Ryn – 07 01 2015”

  1. Wow such a beautiful card, so vibrant and gorgeous!! Am very thankful for the introduction of “designs by Ryn”!!!

  2. Gorgeous projects Ryn, and nice for you to be featued… you deserve it:: your product is so marvellous! Three designers from the Netherlands?! That’s good! 🙂

  3. Amazing images, the colours epitomise the native hibiscus colours
    , perfect Ryn images as always

  4. Wonderful that your dream
    is getting where you want!
    Beautiful stamps and coloring.
    Carla from Utah

  5. This card using the Hibiscus stamps is so beautiful and the colours are so vibrant and summery. I love the white embossing which shows off the fflowers and leaves perfectly and then the black inked raindrops give a great contrast and the highlights in white make them look 3D, and then adding the cut out flowers gives even more dimension. Thank you for the chance to win these stamps. x

  6. Oh, I always love projects and designs by Ryn and these stamps are wonderful. I really love the multi-colored look with the sprays and white embossing…wow! Thanks for the chance to win

  7. I love Ryn’s work. Her stamps and stencils are high quality. I also love her design team…very creative!!!

  8. Love your beautiful cards and the hibiscus designs.Just wishing you continued success!

  9. Love Ryn’s hybiscus stencils and stamps! The raindrops are so real you want to touch them! Awesome Canadian designer! Thanks for the chance to win these stamps!

  10. I absolutely love Ryn’s stamps! After drooling over them for years I finally got together the money to purchase her raindrop stamps and am SO glad I did!!
    LOVE this stunning card and this stamp set is awesome!! Drooling commenced and saving my pennies so I can get this set too~!!
    It is so nice to hear the backstory to the companies that I love!! TFS!

  11. What a lovely stamp set!
    Your card is so gorgeous with
    all of those embossed flowers
    against that vivid background!
    I love Ryn’s stamps 🙂

  12. Beautiful, intricate designs. Congrats on starting your own company.

  13. Ryn is so awesome! I have purchased 2 of her stamps (so far) and I love them. Her cards and techniques are wonderful and I am sure I will learn a lot from her. Keep it coming!

  14. Beautiful designs! Love those raindrop/drips. Also loved the idea of putting black ink around the edges of the cut out. I have not seen that before, but it made the flower really pop.

  15. And here’s Ryn’s wonderfull card again on my screen.
    Thank you for the Tut and nice to read you bio again here on the PaperCraftsersLibrary, that I just recently dicovered.
    Hope you are going to create and make many more wonderfull stamps Ryn.

  16. Such a beautiful card. Love the bright colors and how you layered the flowers.

  17. I found Ryn’s stamps a few months ago via a Facebook group that uses Brushos, Color Bursts, and Bister powders to create colorful artwork. I’m gradually building up my supply – wonderful quality stamps.

  18. I love your story! The card is beautiful. What a great set and happy colors.

  19. I can never get enough floral stamps and these are gorgeous. The cards are outstanding and I can’ t wait to go to Ryn’s website!

  20. Just BEAUTIFUL!! I LOVED hearing your Story and I’m looking forward to checking out your Store/Products as I’m New to you!! =) THANKS SO MUCH for sharing and CONGRATS on your Successes!! Have a FABULOUS WEEKEND!! =)

  21. Beautiful work and great video!!! Those water drops are amazing. I heading over to Ryn’s blog now.

  22. I have been a fan of Ryn’s water drop stamps…used them on a seaside themed mini album. AMAZING! Friends can’t believe what they are seeing…and neither can I! LOVE her texture stamp designs and sea creatures. She is a very talented artist. So happy to see her featured here. Thanks!

  23. Love these stamps – so detailed! Designs by Ryn has such different and arty stamps.

  24. Love Ryn’s Hibiscus stamps ! It is a beautiful vibrant card and I too love to emboss like she did then cut out and pop up flowers etc Great job Ryn you are very talented! So are your designers!

  25. Beautiful project. I love all the details on the hibiscus and the droplets are amazing

  26. wow! good for you! I don’t have the guts to start my own small business! Love your design!

  27. What determination it took to start your own business! I’m so happy that you have been successful. I have a drawer full of Designs by Ryn stamps and love each and every one of them. However I don’t have the hibiscus stamps. Your cards are beautiful. Hope I win the giveaway to make my collection near to complete.

  28. Gorgeous stamps as always and such beautifully bright colours. That’s a great tip about colouring around the edges of the cut out flowers too. It really makes them stand out.

  29. Such a beautiful card ! I love the stamps from Ryn, and these flowers are wonderful. Unfortunately, I can’t get her stamps here in Belgium, but I found her raindrops in Holland ! Greetings, Enny

  30. Absolutely beautiful, vibrant work. Thanks for sharing. Good luck in continuing to grow your business.

  31. Stunning project! I just LOVE those flowers and the effect with the water droplet stamp!!!
    Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  32. I love the colours and design of these cards. Ryn is obviously a very creative lady! Just Beautiful.

  33. What a beautiful stamp. I go to Eillen Godwin’s workshops, she introduced me to Rynn’ amazing stamps and stencils – just love them. This stamp set would be a welcome addition to my crafty stash. X

  34. I love, love, love your rain drops!! Your cards are stunning and vibrant. I particularly love the quality of your rubber and I despirately “NEED” the Hibicus set LOL

  35. What a gorgeous card! Ryn designs nice stamps and stencils.
    These should be a ‘must have’ when you like to stamp.
    I also love the colouring of this work! Really great!

  36. Awesome. .i have a 25 yr old hibiscus tree so they are very dear to me!

  37. Beautiful cards. Love the hibiscus card. Have some of of your stamps and would love to add these. Thanks for the chance.

  38. Love Designs by Ryn stamps !She is a very talented Lady ! I have her set of two mounted Hibiscus stamps but love the variety on this unmounted sheet. Her card is beautiful so vibrant and adding the Hummingbird just gives more interest! Thank you for the chance to win this cool sheet of stamps !

  39. I have been following Ryn’s blog for about a year and really love her art projects, stamps and stencils. Amazing artist.

  40. The Hibiscus flowers are just plain lovely. Thanks for the introduction to your gorgeous art! Heading to your website now…

  41. I first discovered Ryn’s beautiful designed stamps through Kellie Murton’s YouTube channel. I am so glad I watched those videos because Ryn’s stamps are fabulous.

    Sincerely, Elaine Rico

  42. I am delighted by Ryn’s designs! Got a lengthy wish list going after visiting her site and seeing the gorgeous samples here!

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