Monday, April 2, 2018

Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop

 

Hi Folks! I am very proud to be participating in the Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop organized by my friends Tenia Nelson and Veronica Zalis to promote awareness for Autism.

A dear friend of mine has a first grade son with Autism and I've seen her go through so many stages, including questioning if there was a medical issue at all, trying to get the right diagnosis, learning what it all means, advocating for her son with the school district, affecting change in the curriculum, and being on a constant search to find the best way to relate and communicate with her son as he grows. Promoting awareness of Autism will hopefully benefit my friend's son, and others like him, as they navigate their path, either through medical advances, or just through interactions with others in their community.


The folks from the Chibitronics team thought it would be a great idea to literally light our cards up blue in honor of this hop! Along with the Chibitronics, I've used the Essentials by Ellen Otterly Awesome Stamp Set along with the coordinating die set and the companion Otter Ware Stamp Set to create a layered ocean scene that lights up when you pull the last otter to the side. Let's take a closer look!


Here are the mechanics of this card. I added all the LEDs, copper tape and battery on top of the first layer of blue vellum (stamped with waves from the Otter Ware set). Constructing the card this way allows you to have more of a flat card, except for the middle that is popped up.


The battery is adhered directly on top of the copper tape going to the narrow, negative ends of the LEDs, and the pull tab has copper tape wrapped around it so that when it's pulled (stopped by the perpendicular cardstock on the left end of the pull tab) the copper tape will bridge the gap and turn the LEDs on. I put a piece of foam tape (with the green protective sheet still on) on top of the wrapped copper tape so it will be pressed against the base and have a stronger, more consistent connection.


Then I added a second layer of blue vellum on top of the circuitry to hide everything, as well as to make the water scene more dimensional. For the copper tape that wasn't hidden by the otters, and would otherwise show through, I covered it with an extra scrap of blue vellum. The other copper tape I just left exposed.


Then I added the otters, a punny sign, a heart, and a word balloon instructing the recipient to "pull me." The word balloon stamp actually comes with a tiny heart in the middle and two pointed ends, but I selectively inked the stamp to get rid of the tiny heart and the left pointed end, and filled in the gap with a pencil.


Then when you pull the right otter, the lights go on, illuminating the sea!



Here's a quick video so you can see the pull tab in action.


Even not lit up, it's a cute card with four of the otters just hanging out.

I hope you're enjoying the huge Stamping For Autism Awareness Blog Hop! Head back to the Chibitronics blog to check out the other cards from my teammates, as well as the rest of the hop! There is also a link up on the main Stamping For Autism Awareness blog post for anyone to share their own card. The deadline for uploading a card/project to the gallery is Sunday April 8 at 11:55 PM

Thanks for stopping by!
-Kelly


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53 comments:

  1. You've literally lit up Autism Awareness Day! What a sweet card. Those otters are such fun critters in real life, and here on your card, they're adorable. This is just darling. Great card!! Bev

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  2. very beautiful ! never tried those LED cards but I saw 3 in a raw ... and I feel I won't be able to resist any longer haha
    very lovely card !

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  3. Otterly adorable! Love how it lights up blue in more ways than one!!

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  4. Such a lovely card!! :) Thanks to everyone who are part of the awesome blog hop, and to the sponsors!

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  5. What a great card and thanks for doing this hop!

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  6. Great Card! Love the lights! Thank you!

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  7. What cute otters! I only seen a couple of cards with this lighting system before today but after following this blog I will be trying it out! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  8. What a wonderful way to shed light on a worthy cause. Very cute card.

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  9. Love this!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Wonderfully fun with the lights! Thanks for supporting the Autism Awareness Day & Blog Hop.

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  11. Your card is fantastic ! Otters are so sweet, I love them, and your card makes them even more adorable (and with lights in addition !!!!). It's really a great blog hop with plenty amazing discoveries.

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  12. I like the way you added color as your eye went down the card, all the while, reading the phrase which fit perfectly.

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  13. Totally adorable!!! Thank you for your care and interest in Autism. Our family has several people on the spectrum. It is a challenge, but seeing their unique gifts is a joy.
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  14. This is such a cute card! I hope I will get up the nerve to try these CHIBI-Tronics as I know my little granddaughter would adore a card like this! Thank you for participating in this autism awareness blog hop.

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  15. So cute! Thanks for supporting your friend and autism awareness.

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  16. Wow !! You’ve created such a fantastic card !! And these critters are so cute !!
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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  17. This is adorable Kelly, what a fun design!

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  18. Thanks for participating for this great cause. Your card is absolutely adorable.

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  19. Thanks for supporting this great cause and thanks for sharing your amazing card.

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  20. This is otterly cute!!! What a wonderful way illuminate the whole sea for this great cause.!! Thanks so much for being a part of this great cause and sharing with us long a wonderful blog hop. 😊

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  21. Adorable otter card, especially with the lights. Looks like the moon shining on the water! Thanks for supporting a good cause.

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  22. Your card is super adorable! I love it!! Thank you for being part of this amazing hop.

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  23. I am in love with the lights. But the little guys are adorable, so the whole card is great!!!!

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  24. what a great card, it is really cute even not lit up. What a great cause as well.

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  25. So cute. You make this look so easy!

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  26. These cards are so amazing on this blog hop. Wow! Thanks for helping to raise awareness.

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  27. So cute with the otters and the light up feature.

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  28. SO ADORABLE!!!! Can this get any cuter? LOL Yes, it LIGHTS UP!!! ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

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  29. Awww Kelly what a great card. I am so sorry your video was unavailable.

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  30. Super cute project. Thanks for sharing

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  31. A sweet card with all those others and perfect for this blog ho

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  32. Super cute - love the otters.

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  33. Kelly, this is absolutely ADORABLE. I love it!

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  34. Those otters are sooo sweet! Love this ♥

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  35. How cute!!! Love your sweet card!!!

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  36. Great card for a great cause. Love the sentiment as well.

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  37. Love cards with the Cibitronic lights.
    Darling card.
    thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  38. Adorable card! Love the lights and those cute otters!
    Light it up blue!

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  39. Really great card ... and I just love the idea to light up blue for autism awareness!!

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  40. Just adorable....love the otters and that blue vellum and of course the lights!

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  41. Such a cute card! Love that you made it interactive!

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  42. What an adorable card! The otters are so cute! I love the way it lights up!

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  43. Love the Chibitronics and the use of the blue vellum for extra dimension. Thanks for supporting Autism awareness!

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  44. A lot of work but so worth it, Kelly. Your card is adorable.

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  45. Delightful card with
    the cute otters and
    the lights!
    Carla from Utah

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  46. That’s a super cute, very creative card !
    [margessw(at)icloud(dot)com]

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