16 October 2023

Chibitronics Animating LED Stickers | Merry & Bright

Hello there, I am delighted to be joining Chibitronics today to celebrate the release of new Animating LED Stickers with a fun Instagram Hop. The fun is happening over on Instagram but I wanted to share the full details of how I made the card here on my blog too. 

PLEASE NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. Please see below for my full disclosure.

This is the first time I have ever used lights in cardmaking. I have seen other people use them and always thought they looked cool but had never tried them until now. Interactive cards do intimidate me, I am not going to lie, but actually, these lights were very easy to use! 

For the card, I started off by creating the front panel. I took a panel of Spellbinders Crimson Cardstock and placed the Spellbinders Merry & Bright Etched Dies on top. I then ran it through my die cutting machine to cut the letters out. I placed the panel inside the Spellbinders Peppermint Stripes Embossing Folder and ran it through my die cutting machine again. I then added ink blending around the edges using Hero Arts Crimson and Cranberry Core Inks. 

I cut the Merry & Bright die again, but this time from white cardstock. I added a thin layer of vellum behind the panel and then inlaid (and adhered) the letters on top. I added a piece of gold shimmer vellum behind the star and secured in place on the back. I die cut the 'bright' word from white cardstock and adhered that below the 'merry &'. I then got to work on the lights ...

I watched some videos by the amazing Jessica Frost-Ballas to see how to create my circuit. I kept it very simple and just used the one light but there is definitely scope to add lots depending on the card design! I took a US A2 sized white card base and on the front mapped out where I thought I need to place the light and the battery with a pencil. I wanted the light to be in the centre of the star and the battery be behind where the 'bright' die cut is. 

I first created a holding for my battery (since I wanted the light to come on when the 'bright' was pressed but did not want it to be on constantly) from a piece of cardstock folded in half like a book. I then ran the fabric conductive circuit tape from the Chibitronics Craft with Light Kit from the top of the card to the bottom - one for the negative side of the battery and one for the positive side. 

The positive side also had to go over the front of the battery holder and over the back so that when pressed, it touches the positive side of the battery to switch the light on. I added foam tape (two layers) around the battery holder and then added a little tape runner adhesive inside it and placed the battery on top. This keeps the battery secure.

For the light itself, I used the Chibitronics White Blink Animating LED Stickers. I placed it at the top of the circuit and then added small pieces of the fabric conductive circuit tape on top for added security.  I tested it multiple times at this point to make sure the light would work! Whilst this isn't pretty and could have been much neater, I was pretty happy with my first attempt!

I found that I needed to adhere my panel on top with two layers of foam tape as with just one, the battery was pressed down too much and the light would be on constantly. I added the foam tape to the back of the panel and then adhered it on top of the card base. I die cut two poinsettias from the Spellbinders Petite Blooms and Sentiments Etched Dies set from Spellbinders Crimson Cardstock

I cut the leaves from the same gold shimmer vellum that I used behind the star. They were adhered to the card using Bearly Art Glue. To finish off, I added a few Spellbinders Gold Mix Color Essentials Gems

As you can see in the last photo, when you press the word 'bright' the light flashes on and off. It is really fun! I will write a note inside the card to tell the recipient to press it and to watch what happens! To see the light flashing/blinking in action, please head over to my Instagram account



Here are the links to what I have used on the project. Affiliate links are used on some products. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking on my link, I receive a small commission with no extra cost to you. I truly appreciate your support when using these links. Please click on the logo below the product to shop at your favourite store. All products were personally purchased except those from Clearly Besotted, Hero Arts or those marked with an asterisk (*) which were kindly sent to me to use. You can read my full disclosure here.

Please do head over to Instagram for all the details on the hop and to enter to win a prize! You can find the Chibitronics Instagram account HERE. Thank you so much for stopping by today, I really do appreciate it. I hope you have a wonderful day! 


  1. This is genius! I was never that good with this kind of thing at school, but maybe if it had applied to cards, I'd have worked it out sooner. Love it!

  2. This is fabulous! I love how the star lights up. The lights frighten me but I'd love to give them a go at some point. The whole card is so festive and so pretty and even more special when it lights up! Amazing!


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