Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Splitcoast Tutorial: Creating with Chibitronics

This week's tutorial over on Splitcoast is a wonderful overview of Chibitronics products! Chibitronics makes these amazing LED light kits with DIY circuits - they are flat enough to use in cardmaking, and they add really cool effects to cards as well as other projects.

Ally tackles a 5-light project in the photo tutorial, but I wasn't ready for that level of commitment, so I decided one would be enough for mine. I purchased a intro kit (this one) for $10, which came with a battery, clip, copper tape, 3 white lights, and some sample cards with instructions. If you'd like a broader kit with all the basics plus a variety of colored lights, check out the STEM kit instead.

Here's my simple circuit map, although I ended up switching the positive and negative sides...

...and proof that even I was able to figure this out. I did tear one of the copper pieces the first time and had to replace that, but after that, it was just a matter of keeping the light stuck down.

This project takes a LOT of foam tape, so be prepared for that. Also when all was finished... this arrangement of foam tape wasn't very pretty from the side, so next time I'll think about layering some sheets of foam instead, with die cut openings for the battery and light.

Here's a closer look at my card - I used a couple of my stamps from this year's Fall/Winter release (Lantern Silhouette, Let Your Light Shine), masking off the lantern beam and snow with Frog Tape before watercoloring.

The lamp lights when you press the sentiment, which is pretty cool, I think! The lantern is cut out in the opening, with a small scrap of vellum to diffuse the light.

That's all I know! I'm so glad I tried this project - hope you will too!
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