Interactive Light-Up Nebula Card with Chibitronics by Taheerah

Hey everyone, happy Monday! It's Taheerah here today to share a super-awesome card with a fun light-up feature!

We've been sharing some fun ideas lately using Chibitronics products, and I couldn't wait to get in on the act! For those of you who aren't familiar with them, Chibitronics are a great company who produce easy-to-use circuits kits that allow you to add a fun light-up element to your cards! It might sound a little technical, but honestly there's nothing to it!

I really wanted to create something with a space feel where the stars could light up! And I really wanted the stars to twinkle too. So in addition to the Chibitronics Chibi Lights LED Circuit Starter Kit I also invested in the Circuit Stickers Effects Pack to create a truly awesome card!

Here's what I came up with:

Light-Up Nebula Card by Taheerah Atchia

Got to say the Astrophysicist in me is geeking out heavily over this card!

Light-Up Nebula Card by Taheerah Atchia

I started by creating my front panel, watercolouring a nebula based on the famous Helix Nebula!

Helix Nebula - Infrared

Can you see the similarities?!

Light-Up Nebula Card by Taheerah Atchia

Once I'd got my depiction the way I wanted, I die cut 5 of the largest/brightest stars from the panel, using the Lucky Stars dies. I adhered some vellum behind the negative spaces to diffuse the light. Next I wanted to add a sentiment, so I pulled out my Sparkle and Shine set and heat embossed the 'Shine Bright' sentiment in white.

Light-Up Nebula Card by Taheerah Atchia

Next it was time to build the circuit! I watched a couple of videos to get an idea of how to set it all up, and there's a great tutorial on the Chibitronics blog for using the Effects stickers, so I used those together to design my circuit. I positioned the battery in the centre of my card so that pressing the sentiment would cause the stars to light up!

Light-Up Nebula Card Circuit - Switch Closing by Taheerah Atchia

Here's are some photos of the 'inner workings' of the card showing the circuit and battery housing.

Light-Up Nebula Card Circuit - Switch Open by Taheerah Atchia

And here's a short video showing that twinkling action! Isn't this card so fun?!



I hope you love this card as much as I loved creating it! If so let me know by leaving a comment below! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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15 comments

  1. WOOOW! This is super AWESOME, Taheerah!

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  2. Blown away by your card-version of the Helix Nebula…gorgeous! And the effect created by the stars lighting up? WOW! Brilliant, innovative, genius! LOVE this, Taheerah!
    ~carol

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  3. WOWWWWW! This is the most amazing card with the Chibi lights anyone can imagine!!!!! Perfect background!!! I want this card))))))

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  4. What a great idea.
    Love your solar system.
    I'd love to try these lights.
    thanks for the chance.

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  5. Oh my word, show us how to watercolor this please!!!!

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  6. Wow! What a great card. The background is fantastic. Such a fun card.

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  7. YOU DID A SMASHING JOB ON THIS PIECE OF ART! YOUR CREATIVITY IS INSPIRATIONAL!

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  8. What an amazing card and it lights up! Wow! I wish I could do something like that.

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