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Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Everyone’s been playing with these fun Chibitronics – it’s about time I did, too! Plus – a little birdie told me there’s a sale this week – buy a pack of LED Chibilights and get the Effects stickers for 50% off! I also heard this coming weekend Karolyn is prepping a video with the Effects stickers….I’ll link you up to that when it goes live! (I can’t wait to see it too!)

Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

Chibitronics are a fun bit of “science” we can employ in crafting….creating a layer beneath our card front with circuits that “trigger” when a particular part of the card front is pressed. It looks harder than it is – I was scared at first, but it wasn’t so bad at all! Note that these are thick cards since you have to build up depth to keep the battery from being “on” all the time. Also, this isn’t inexpensive; but oh man. So worth it for some special cards! In addition to showing you the full main card (with the texting birds!), I made a couple others just to give you an idea of a few types of designs you can consider. Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

NOTE: On these photos, I added light in photoshop, to indicate where the lights twinkle; to see them lighting up, refer to the end of the video.

Drive Me Wild Card

For this one, it involved diecutting the Little Town border die, and separating it to color the sky on the top half, and coloring the houses on the bottom half. I put them back together with scotch tape on the back, and re-installed the white doors and windows except for the 2nd story windows. Then I stamped the car and RV below, and colored them. Below is a photo of the pattern I used for the lights, ending with the battery underneath the RV.

Mad Professor

I colored this guy with my Copics, inspired by a physics professor from college – that man loved to blow things up! ha! I poked pinholes in a few random spots with a piercer, and added the Tropical lights to the electronic circuit shown below.

Deep Breath Card

This is one of my favorite birthday card stamp sets! I’ve never colored it this way but it was fun – I drew the corals, as well as creating that burning piece of paper hanging from a fishing hook! The Chibitronics learning: I made the little holes too close together, so I couldn’t fit five lights within that space. HOWEVER – when you look at them lit up, the two yellow and one red lights that are used show through those other two holes, making it APPEAR there are more lights there. So be strategic and you might get more light out of the pattern you choose!


Below are links to the supplies I’ve used for today’s project. Compensated affiliate links may used, which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support toward the costs of running this blog! Read more.

  • Chibitronics
    • Chibi Lights Starter Kit  —-
    • Panasonic Lithium Battery, 5 pk —-
    • Chibitronics Red, Yellow, Blue LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —-
    • Chibitronics Tropical LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —-
    • Chibitronics White LED Circuit Stickers, 30 pk —-
    • Chibitronics Copper Tape, 16 ft  —-
  • Stamps
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Love Letters —-
    • Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps, Happy Trails —-
    • Paper Smooches Clear Stamps, Great Chemistry —-
    • Art Impressions Cling Stamps, Deep Breath Birthday —-
  • Dies
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Love Letters —-
    • Pretty Pink Posh Dies, Storybook 2 —-
    • Lawn Cuts Dies, Little Town Border —-
  • Neenah Cardstock —
  • Coloring:
    • Copic Markers —
    • COPIC Multiliner Set Fine, Black, 4pc —-
    • Signo UniBall White Pen —-
  • Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting Tape —-
  • Memento Ink Pad, Tuxedo Black —-

12 thoughts on “Light-up card – with Chibitronics (and Lawn Fawn!)

  1. Your creativity is mind blowing, Sandy! Thanks so much for “BRIGHTENING” my day! Not only did you have fun, but you gave the rest of us a very special day!

  2. I love it when you decide to check out some new coolness. I always know you will really look into it and create so many wonderfully creative cards! who knew we would all be lighting up our cards? Sandy, thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself with us. I feel so blessed. hugs, treen

  3. Thank you so much for your detailed explanation on how to use this fun product. I am finally brave enough now to try it myself. Of course I will watch your video several more times in the process. Thanks again.

  4. Love your light-up cards so much, Sandy! Addictive isn’t it!! I have purchased the extra lights too because I had such a blast making light-up Christmas cards. I’ll look forward to seeing how you use the special effects Chibis.

  5. Even though it looks kind of involved, the overall effect is worth it. I will have to get some and try this out… I think young people will LOVE this added feature to the cards they receive. Thanks for the excellent road map on getting to the end of this project!

  6. So gorgeous! thanks for all the details. I got the Chibi lights for Xmas and haven’t had the guts to try them out yet

  7. OMG!!! That chem prof card is mind blowing!

  8. Love your cards. The lights really add a wow factor. TFS

  9. These are all seriously adorable cards!

  10. Great use of these lights. The price is keeping me away for now. I’ve seen so many cool things with these. I have the little birds on order and can’t wait to getting them.

  11. I have the starter kit. Now I need to find some bravery to attempt using it.

  12. This looks like too much fun… I’m afraid the prices will keep me away but it’s a hoot seeing what you can do with these! (Love your wild & crazy chemistry professor! I used to live near a campus, and about once every term, the fire dept would get called to the chemistry labs!)

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