Duoprinting with Chlorophyll

by Lydia Fiedler

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


  • 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)


  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.


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!

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Questions and Comments

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful & addictive technique. Nice to get two for one. The 'stinky bush' yielded the best results-delicate stem & leaves. The fern, though somewhat 'juicy' is beautiful. Only caution: Examine plant carefully. A leaf hopper & itty bitty spider are now positives & negatives. Can't wait to do more.
Kathy Gilleen  |  Thu Jul 13, 2017 at 8:21 PM
OMG Kathy I'm laughing so hard! I ALMOST put in the tutorial about the bugs because a little spider ran out and across my Big Shot when I did the Calamondin. Glad you are all enjoying it!
lydia  |  Fri Jul 14, 2017 at 5:33 AM
Totally incredibly amazing! LOVE it! TFS
Joanne  |  Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 6:53 AM
Lydia, this is so awesome! Can you do this with flowers too?
Susan Vater  |  Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 4:20 PM
Hi Susan! You can try - but generally they are too juicy - maybe if you let them dry for a while first. Try & let me know!
lydia  |  Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 5:44 PM
I will pick one of our pink coneflowers in the morning and let it dry out for a couple of days. Meanwhile, I'll see what leaves we have around.....
Susan Vater  |  Sun Jul 16, 2017 at 8:03 PM
Unfortunately, when I tried this, it was a complete fail, except for the Ginko Biloba that I snagged from someone's tree while I was on my walk.
I know that Lydia told which ones she used, but I just have a small condo patio with potted plants. the leaves were either too large, or did not work for this. Oh Well....
I do have access to rose leaves, would that work?
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Jul 19, 2017 at 2:45 PM
Hi Ginny! I haven't tried rose leaves but I think they would work! Give it a try! smile Sometimes I grab leaves in a ziploc on my walk too
lydia  |  Wed Jul 19, 2017 at 2:47 PM
Ooh how very cool smile
Stacy Sheldon  |  Mon Jul 31, 2017 at 12:50 PM
I like this technique. However, my leaves must be really juicy because they "run" green juice onto the cardstock. It is kind of nice, but I didn't expect that effect. It kind of looks like watercoloring.
Sylvia Detty  |  Sat Aug 12, 2017 at 4:57 AM

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