Have you seen some of these cards out there now on Pinterest, Facebook or Instagram that light up? Super cool, right? I have had a lot of my fellow stampers asking me if we can make these cards in a class. So, I've started to do some research and WOW! In short, my answer is NO!
Let's take a behind-the-scenes look at these light-up cards
known as "chibitronics" or "chibi lights" and you just might understand my reasoning. . .
Chibitronics/Chibi Lights are LED circuits on peel-and-stick stickers. You can build-your-own circuits without soldering, plugging wires, or clips. Instead, use the stickers with conductive tapes to draw circuits on paper and other crafts. Basic kits will walk you though five circuit concepts including parallel circuits, switches and resistance-based sensors. You can then create and design your own circuits for art projects and more.
Say what??!! Exactly.
Two samples provided by Lawn Fawn artists:
Rather than me trying to explain what "chibitronics" is and all that is involved, check out this introductory video by the ever talented Sandy Allnock and then you'll see the work (and science) behind these interactive light cards! It is not nearly as simple as you push a button and the light goes on. . .
Sooooooo, if switches and batteries, copper wire and sensors are YOUR thing, then by all means, create all the fancy schmancy light-up cards you want to! There are plenty of kits for you to purchase from places like Chibitronics and Lawn Fawn to help get you started.
If, of the other hand, you are like me, and you STILL have to look at a battery to determine which end is positive and which end is negative, EVERY. SINGLE. TIME - I'll be admiring and envying those of you who give this cool cardmaking feature a try!