Saturday, September 16, 2017

CAS-ual Fridays Stamps and Chibitronics Blog Hop

 
 
 Hi Folks! Welcome to the Chibitronics and CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog Hop! You may have come from the lovely Lisa Lahiff, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with Chibitronics. Along with tons of inspiration lighting up the CAS-ual Fridays stamps with Chibitronics lights, we’ll be giving away a Chibitronics starter kit and a CAS-ual Friday Stamps $30 gift card to one lucky commenter. Hooray!




 

Today's winter wonderland card uses a card base that's been embossed in silver with Bring on the Snowflakes, silver snowflakes cut with Flurry FriDies, and a sentiment from Snowy Sayings embossed in white on a banner (which are all three on SALE). For the lighted effects, I've used the LED light stickers and copper tape from Chibitronics, as well as a CR2032 battery that I was lucky enough to find at our local flea market in a pack of 5 for $1, but you can also get them on Amazon here


The first thing you need to figure out when adding these amazing lights to your projects is where to put the battery, because that is what is going to add height to your project. Typically, you'd have a shaker-type card where an entire raised panel covers the card and battery, but for this card I wanted the card to be flat except for each snowflake, so I'm hiding the battery under the sentiment banner.

I cut a notch out of the left side of the card for the battery (see next photo) so the copper tape that will power the lights can go underneath my snowflake panel. I also punched a hole where I want the center of each snowflake to go so the light can shine through and illuminate it from behind. I marked each hole in pencil on the white card base below so I'll know exactly where to put my lights.


Now it's time to make the path in copper tape that will make the circuit to turn on the lights. On this card, the bottom side of the battery is the positive charge and the inside track of copper tape, and the top side of the battery is the negative charge and the outer track of tape. I've run the tape to go around each of the three circles I traced earlier so the lights will line up exactly with the holes in my snowflake panel.


 I placed the LED lights on top of the circles, so the wider positive side is on top of the positive track and the narrow negative side of the LED is on top of the negative track. Then my favorite part is pressing the tape on the battery to see it light up. I AM ALWAYS AMAZED! It's the best feeling, really.


Now, thanks to careful planning, the lights shine through each of the three holes where I'm going to put the silver snowflake dies. The snowflake panel is now hiding all the tape. I'll need to add the sentiment banner on top of the battery with foam tape, and add the snowflakes with foam tape as well. 

 
Here's the final card. I think the snowflake dies on top of the embossed snowflake stamps give the card a lot of depth. And ...

Here's the card at night! The glow from behind the snowflake dies is exactly what I was hoping for, and reminds me of chunky flakes falling down in front of the street light outside our house at night.


An added benefit is that the lights also illuminate the silver embossing, making the stamped snowflakes shine too. I just honestly love working with the Chibitronics lights, and always feel proud of myself after showing my family the finished card. The looks on their faces the first time they light it up are so rewarding!

Your next stop is Jeanne Jachna who always has something fun and clever to share with us!

Sure hope you're having a fun time hopping!
-Kelly

Here's the complete list of stops on the hop if you need it:

Kelly Griglione - you are here!  

15 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love idea of making light up cards and thid hop along is incredibly inspiring

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  2. Magical card! Love the twinkling snowflakes! xxx

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  3. Beautiful winter card! Magical with the addition of the lights! The snowflakes are gorgeous!

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  4. Amazing card - love the lights behind the snowflakes.

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  5. This is fabulous, thanks for the tutorial to show us how it works!

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  6. Your card is magical. It's like glowing snowflakes at night.

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  7. I love how you lit up the snowflakes on the card.

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  8. It sounds complicated but totally worth it, Kelly. The results are amazing and your tutorial makes it sound possible. My face lit up just like the card.

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  9. Such an elegant card. Love the sparkle and lights.

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  10. Pretty and magical with the snowflakes that light up.

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  11. Hi Kelly ~ The Chibitronics definitely add something magical to your elegant card. Thanks so much for sharing. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

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  12. How gorgeous, just like a starry, snowy, winter night!

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I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly