Published on October 1st, 2013 | by Cheryl Harwick2
Awareness Card featuring Docrafts Glorious Gerbera Dies
Today I want to share a breast cancer awareness card featuring the Glorious Gerbera dies by Docrafts dies. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I want to honor the courageous women and men (and their families) who have battled this disease.
Docrafts dies are newer to the US market, so you may not be as familiar with them (they are sometimes also called Xcut dies). They are available in many of the common shapes and sizes (circles, rectangles, squares, flowers, etc.), and there are two beautiful doily dies. Docrafts also makes some fun “build-a-scene” die sets such as “Haberdashery” and “Garden Party”. Be sure to check out the selection in the “Docrafts” section on the Cut at Home website.
Today I’m working with the Glorious Gerbera die. I began by cutting out 6 sets of petals from the third largest petal die (or the middle die – there are 2 larger and 2 smaller petal dies), and 3 centers using the third largest (or middle) scalloped center die. All of these pieces were cut from Bazzill “tutu pink” paper. Before assembling the flowers, I edged each of the petals with Angel Pink Memento ink (using a Darice Foamies small marshmallow). Since the Angel Pink is just a little darker than the Bazzill cardstock that I used, I tapped the marshmallow on the ink pad and applied it directly to the daisy petals. The centers are edged in Pear Tart Memento ink, and because there’s a significant contrast between the colors, I tapped off some of the excess ink on scratch paper before edging the flower center (I wanted the edging to be more subtle).
To add some dimension to the daisy petals, I pulled them between my thumb and index finger, curving them slightly in the process. Then I used a tape runner to adhere two of the sets of petals together to make a small daisy (if you’re using the larger dies, you’ll need 3 sets to get a fuller flower). Be sure to offset the petals when you glue them together so the flower doesn’t have large gaps between petals, etc. Attach the center to the flower using the tape runner. I wanted a little bling in the center of the flower, so I added a coordinating rhinestone. If you feel that the daisies are too dimensional, you can flatten them a little before attaching them to the card.
This short video will give you a closer look at how I added dimension to the daisies, and a closer look at Docrafts dies generally.
To assemble the card, I first attached the patterned paper to the solid background. Then I attached a small length of green hemp cord to the back of each daisy to represent a stem, and attached the daisies to the card. I pulled the stems toward the lower left corner of the card and attached a small pink bow in the corner where the stems meet. I stamped the sentiment in Gray Flannel Memento ink on white paper, and stamped a small pink awareness ribbon using Rose Bud Memento ink. The sentiment was attached to the card with a low dimensional adhesive. As a final step, I attached the completed card front to an A2 (4.25” x 5.5”) card.
To make a sunflower instead of a daisy, I changed the paper colors and cut a larger center. The sunflower pictured here uses 3 sets of petals cut with the second largest die and a center cut with the largest scalloped center die. The sunflower petals are edged with Memento Toffee Crunch ink, and the center is edged with Memento Morocco ink. I used a few brown sequins to enhance the sunflower center.
Docrafts Glorious Gerbera dies
Sentiment – I used My Favorite Things “WTG Choose Hope” clear stamps
Bazzill solid papers – light pink, medium pink and white. I used tutu pink for the flowers, and a matching darker pink for the card base (cut 4.25” x 5.5”). I used the white for the sentiment and to make an A2 card.
Grey/pink background paper (cut 4”x5.25”) – I used “Collectable” by Jen Allyson (My Mind’s Eye)
Memento inks – The petals are edged in Angel Pink; the center is edged In Pear Tart; the sentiment is stamped with Gray Flannel; and the awareness ribbon is stamped with Rose Bud.
Light pink rhinestones (the ones I used were approximately 3/8” in diameter).
Heavy weight green hemp twine (flower stems)
5/8” light pink sheer ribbon
Adhesive – tape runner of your choice and dimensional adhesive (I used Darice Adhesive Foam – 3/16” squares).
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!