Hi there and thanks for stopping by my project for the first Social Stamping blog host. I organised this during week as an opportunity to connect us during this crazy time – either by joining the blog host as a designer, or by visiting the blogs as a crafter. You can see the master list of participants and a bit of background about the blog host in this post (click here).
With a little bit of extra time on my hands, this was my chance to put into action a project I’ve been thinking about for a while – a card with a light circuit. You can buy LED kits but they are quite expensive. Being a girl who is good with maths & science, I decided that if I had all the pieces, I could probably do it myself. As it turns out, I can and I did!
The little light between the lantern and the tree branch lights up when you press the heart.
How cool is that??? I started with a piece of Whisper White cardstock 3-5/8″ x 5-3/8″ and a piece of copy paper the same size. From the copy paper I cut out a 2-5/8″ circle and used this as a mask over the Whisper White to blend three tones of pink into a circle “moon”. Blushing Bride, Rococo Rose & Melon Mambo. To see more about ink blending, visit this blog post I wrote in Feb.
I then added a branch from the Seasonal Layers Dies in Soft Suede cardstock, watercoloured lantern on Shimmery White cardstock from the Power of Hope stamp set (available as a Sale-A-Bration reward until 31st March 2020) and ‘hello’ sentiment from the Free As A Bird stamp set in white embossing powder on Rococo Rose cardstock. The heart (from the Be Mine Stitched Dies in Melon Mambo cardstock) in the bottom right corner corresponds to the battery placement and is where the card recipient will press to close the circuit and make
Once all this was set up, I knew where I wanted the LED light to go and was able to punch a 1/8″ circle for the light to sit in. And then it was time to create the behind the scenes magic. To make the circuit you need to connect the LED diode to a battery, creating a circuit breaker so that it only turns on when you press.
Here’s what the circuit looks like on the back…
Here’s a quick look at the circuit breaker flap in motion…
Supplies you’ll need to make your own at home. For suppliers, check ebay or your local electronics store.
- LED diode (I used 3mm white but these come in pretty colours & different sizes too)
- CR1225 3V button cell lithium battery
- Conductive Adhesive Copper Foil Tape (I used 6mm)
- Circuit breaker – I used a strip of copy paper 1″ x 2″ folded in half
To finish the card, I used Foam Adhesive Strips to attach the circuit layer to the Rococo Rose mat (3-7/8″ x 5-5/8″). Using the foam strips gives the circuit breaker some space to lie slightly open, meaning the light only comes on when you press all the layers together.
The card base is Blushing Bride cardstock with a top fold and then Rococo Rose and Whisper White layers on the inside to add some weight.
Many thanks to Marine from Blue Marine Crafts for her excellent tutorial which got me started on being able to make my own circuits. You can see her card & video by clicking here.
I can’t wait to send this card to someone – and it could be someone you know! Leave a comment on this blog – I’ll choose a comment at random as the winner, who can select a friend or family member to receive this card in the mail and add a little light to their life.
Thank you for hopping with us!