Creating with Chibitronics

by Allison Cope

Learn the basics for electronic Chibi® stickers and light up your cards.

Supplies

  • Chibitronics kit (includes LED Chibitronic Sticker Lights, copper tape, battery, clips, instructions)
  • Heavyweight cardstock (Recollections 110# White and Lightweight White used here)
  • Dies (My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX 2 used here)
  • Stamps (Power Poppy –Rustic Rejoicing used here)
  • Vellum (My Favorite Things used here)
  • Stamp positioner
  • Scoring tool
  • Strong adhesive (Scor- Tape used here)
  • 3D foam adhesive(3M Mounting Tape used here)
  • Ink (My Favorite Things Black Licorice used here)
  • Coloring medium (Copic Markers used here)
  • Craft knife (Fiskars Finger Knife used here)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    Die cut TWO identical pieces of heavyweight cardstock that are larger than your image. These pieces can be cut using a paper trimmer if you don’t have any dies that work.

    Stamp your image (and sentiment) on both pieces of cardstock in exactly the same spot.

    TIP:
    A stamp positioner like the MISTI is handy for this step.

  2. Step 2

    On one of your stamped panels, map out where each of your sticker lights will go and where your battery will be located.

    From the battery house location, draw a line where your negative copper tape will go (shown in green). This line must be located within 1/8” of your light sticker locations.

    From the battery location, draw a line where your positive copper tape will go (shown in red). Ensure your lines are close enough so that your LED light sticker can touch both the negative and positive tape lines.

  3. Step 3

    Create a folded battery house using a lightweight scrap of paper. Adhere it to the battery location with the opening towards the outside of your panel. (See inset for close up.)


  4. Trim your copper tape in half length wise with scissors. Ensure you create a piece of copper tape longer than you need. You can always trim off the excess.

    Begin applying the copper tape inside the battery house on the base layer.

  5. Step 4

    Begin applying the copper tape for the positive line to the inside of the battery house. (See photo inset.) Ensure the tape wraps from the inside of the battery folder to the outer surface of the folder and then carefully across the joint where it meets the panel’s base.

    Finish applying your copper tape to the remainder of the positive tape line. Trim any excess if necessary.

  6. Step 5

    Place the LED light stickers on top of the locations where you wish your lights to be. Ensure your positive (point of the triangle) in on the negative tape line and your positive (wide part of the light) is on top of the positive tape line.

  7. Test each light as you apply each sticker.

  8. Step 6

    Color the second stamped panel using the coloring medium of your choice.

  9. Step 7

    Using a craft knife, cut out the locations of the areas in your colored stamped image that you wish your lights to shine through.

    Adhere a piece of vellum to the back side of your colored image where you have cut your holes.

  10. Step 8

    Create a small amount of DOUBLE layered foam tape. Adhere a small DOUBLE layer of foam tape on the open side of the battery house. LEAVE THE FOAM TAPE’S BACKING PAPER ON. You may require some DOUBLED foam tape inside the battery house to keep the battery from sliding around (leave the backing paper on!).

    Create a few strips of TRIPLE layered foam adhesive.

    Create some triple foam tape walls around the outside of the battery house.

  11. Step 9

    Using the remaining TRIPLE layered foam tape, adhere it to the copper tape panel. You can place the layered foam tape right over top of the copper tape. It will not affect your circuit. Leave enough space for your LED lights to function and for your foam tape to not block your cut holes.

  12. Step 10

    Remove all the backing paper from your TRIPLE layers of foam tape only. Adhere your coloring image over top of your copper taped base.

  13. Step 11

    Finish decorating your card.

    Include a note when mailing so the recipient knows where to press for the card’s full effect.

Video!

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Creating with Chibitronics. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

STELLAR JOB!! Chibi is great, but can be overwhelming. You did an awesome job of handling the ‘overwhelming’ part. What a home run, sister! Excellent work!!!
carmen garcia  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 5:40 AM
wow! When the Chibi light kits first came out I jumped to get them but was quickly frustrated with the setup. Your explanation is so thorough though I think I'll give it a try once more. Thank you for explaining so fully and also for including the bonus card at the end. More ideas...
Shannon  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 7:16 AM
I hope someday to get my hands an some of these to give it a try.
muscrat  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 7:33 AM
I don't have time before New Years to check this out, but my hubby is obsessed with Christmas lights! I think I will try something for Valentine's day. (He would light up our house all year if I wouldn't nag him to unplug them!)
berlycece  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 9:31 AM
WOW! This card is AMAZING! Thank you for the instruction!!! again WOW!!!!!
Angela Zaba  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM
Fantastic tutorial! It will cost $2.67 to mail because the thickness classifies it as a package or SPR. I recommend a padded envelope for mailing. I also recommend a small post-it note on the envelope that reads "non-machinable" so the carrier doesn't put it in with the regular outgoing mail if your not using a padded envelope. This prevents it from getting mutilated by the sorting machines.
Linda Crowley  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 10:43 AM
thanks for giving these directions. it has taken the mystery out of how to use these lights. love the cards you showed and now I have to add this to my stash
deb  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 10:45 AM
Cute!
SMbiker  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 11:41 AM
This card is gorgeous! Using white lights and colouring the vellum is a great idea!

There are stamp sets by Lawn Fawn, Heffy Doodle and MFT that include stamps like 'press here' to help the recipient know what to do. Also, if you look in the booklet, there are ways to make a Chibi light card with much less foam tape. They use different types of switches. I know this is a beginner tutorial but I thought I'd mention it in case thickness for mailing is an issue for some. I've made one with only one layer of foam tape. One other small thing to mention, it's not idea to have the copper tape change direction AND go up over the switch at the same spot as the tape can eventually wear through if played with a lot.

One other tip: for mailing, add a piece of cardstock between your battery and the housing. This will prevent your card from activating in the mail if something heavy is placed on top. This will make your battery drain, possibly running out before it arrives.
Rebecca Ednie  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 3:12 PM
This is an amazing video. Thank you! I have seen this product, but never would have tried it. With your great instructions, I will give it a try. Thanks, again!
Kathy S  |  Wed Dec 20, 2017 at 8:50 PM
This a really pretty and cool card, but it seems to be rather bulky, and unless it's always looked at from dead-on front, it won't be pretty at all.
Maggie Minnich  |  Thu Dec 21, 2017 at 7:45 AM
I bought some of these lights and then chickened out and left them in their box. You rocked this tutorial! I'm going searching for those babies!! Thanks Ally! (Your card is totally stunning too!)
Linda Pekrul  |  Thu Dec 21, 2017 at 9:37 PM
Allison, this is an amazingly special card and I found the process for using the Chibi lights fascinating! I don't think I would ever have the patience to do a card like this, but I've been curious about this product and am so happy to have seen how they work ~ your detailed tutorial is perfect! Maybe someday...
claudia zimmerman  |  Tue Dec 26, 2017 at 3:14 PM
thank you so much for the video. Some great tips!
judy onofrio  |  Fri Jan 5, 2018 at 1:01 PM
I watched this again. It just blows my mind. I'm not an engineer, nor do I have an engineer's brain lol! This is so beautiful and I can see it used on many different types of cards. Thank you for the video - it really helps!
Rosy Newlun  |  Sat Apr 28, 2018 at 7:52 PM
Finally got my hands on these thanks to Sabrina!
muscrat  |  Sat Oct 13, 2018 at 8:56 PM

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