A midweek hello to you, Sweet friends! Have you been keeping up with our collaboration week with Chibitronics so far? You’ll want to catch up and see what the Sweet Team has featured so far:
Make sure you head on over to the Chibitronics blog, too! The Team over there is playing along as well, so there is plenty of Sweet inspiration this week.
Michelle Yuen is our Sweet Contributor today with another Princess card that will light up any child’s eyes once they see this!
Do you (or your kid) LOVE science? Are you always looking for a new way to make a unique and clever interactive card? Are you up for a little creative problem solving? Well then, keep reading!! I am SO excited to share a collaboration between Sweet Stamp Shop and Chibitronics with this fun interactive card. If you’ve never tried Chibitronics (like I hadn’t before this), you are in for a real treat. These great products are such a unique way to use both your right AND left parts of your brain for cardmaking!
Michelle makes us laugh with her next sentiments:
All you’ll need is the Starter Kit, which has everything you need to teach you the basics of LED circuit stickers and still have some supplies left over for a couple of cards. If you’re new to all of this, this kit is a great place to start. Doing each “lesson” would also be a REALLY fun and educational experience for kids, too!! I’m not even exaggerating when I say that I’m just looking forward to the day when my (newborn!) nephew is old enough to buy this kit for haha 😉
Once you’ve gone through and have a good grasp of the basics, it’s time to put it all on a card! Decide what kind of system you would like to use, and she would HIGHLY recommend starting with a sketch on your card base. She created an initial sketch but she had to do some troubleshooting and move things around a bit. That’s okay because that’s all part of the learning process!
I probably was a bit of an overachiever with my first card, because I wanted to make a red LED light up behind my Dream Princess (my thought was that it would be like her heart hehe), BUT I also wanted to make a few stars (from Lil Moon) light up in the sky at the same time – so four LED lights total… I know, what was I thinking?? You could definitely keep it much more simple and just have one thing light up per card. It might save you some sanity and crumpled copper tape! Speaking from experience.
Michelle inked up a nice background using Distress Inks. She said she didn’t want to deal with masking, so she stamped the princess and a few stars onto Sweet Sticker Paper. Another big reason she wanted to use sticker paper was that she wanted to keep the thickness of her images as thin as possible so that the lights would be able to shine bright through the cardstock of her inked piece AND another layer, and sticker paper is much thinner than another layer of cardstock.
Then she colored up her images with some colored pencils (one of her favorite coloring methods recently), and fussy cut them out.
Michelle’s final thoughts:
Isn’t that SO COOL!? It’s hard to completely do it justice in a photo. You really have to try it out with your own hands, or at least see it in a video – check out my Instagram (@michelleyuen_) if you want to see this card in action!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my first try with some Chibitronics. It was such a cool learning experience, and I can’t wait to jazz up some more cards with these lights!
We can’t wait to see you creating more, too, Michelle! Has Michelle and the other Sweets inspired you to get creative with Chibitronics?
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