Light-Up Card + Giveaway

Hello and welcome. Today’s video shares how to create an interactive light-up card. These types of cards have become popular lately and they are easy to create thanks to a new product.

Light Up Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. To watch the video in HD on YouTube, click HERE.]

Oh my goodness this card was such fun to make! I had wanted to try out the Chibitronics Chibi Lights LED Circuit Starter Kit and I am so glad I did. It is easy to use.

I started by stamping some adorable images from a three My Favorite Things stamp sets – the new Dragon Stamp Set (SO CUTE), theΒ Beary Special Birthday Stamp Set, and the Big Birthday Sentiments Stamp Set. I colored them in with Copics and poked holes in the flames out of the candles to allow my lights to shine through.

Light Up Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

To make the candle flames light up, I created a circuit with the Chibitronics Chibi Lights LED Circuit Starter Kit. This may sound intimidating but I promise it’s not as hard as it sounds! The Chibitronics light kit includes batteries, copper tape, and LED lights to create a circuit to hide in your card. I placed the battery under the dragons belly and the lights under the flames so when you press his belly, it activates the light. Check it out…

Light Up Card Video by Jennifer McGuire Ink

I kept the rest of the card simple and heat embossed the background of the notecard with the My Favorite Things Scattered Surface Background Stamp. This is a new favorite background stamp for me because it gives a subtle look that goes with any style of card.

I made sure to put a note on the inside of the card telling the recipient to press the dragon’s belly for a fun surprise. It is a bit pricey to do these cards so I plan to do them only for special occasions. (I was on the fence about them until I gave it a try!) It’s a great learning lesson kids too! My kids love making these types of cards with me.


Be sure to head over to My Favorite Things to see their newest release. The dragon set is from it… but there are many other great sets in this release, too. You can find them HERE at MFT or HERE at SSS.


How would you like to win a Chibitronics Chibi Lights LED Circuit Starter Kit? I but an extra set for a lucky winner!For your chance, leave a comment below by 11:59pmEST on 8/14/16. (The winner’s name will be randomly selected, emailed and posted on my “Winners page” after the giveaway closes. International folks are eligible, too! Prize personally donated.)


Interested in the products I used? To make them easy for you to find, I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except those with an asterisk. As always, this post was NOT sponsored.) Click on the thumbnails or the letters below to go to a favorite store: Simon Says Stamp (SSS), My Favorite Things (MFT), Ellen Hutson (EH), Amazon (AZ), etc.

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688 thoughts on “Light-Up Card + Giveaway”

  1. WOW!! This just brings cardmaking up to a whole to level of AWESOME. I have to get some of these LED lights. Thanks Jennifer for this tutorial…..and the chance to win some of these fab LED lights.

  2. This card is way awesome. I enjoyed the video and you made is seem really easy to use. I am now placing an order so I can make a few cards and some new stamps. Thank you!!!

  3. Jennifer, God bless the work of your hands & mind! You’re so talented & always inspire me to kick it up a notch, well, this definitely qualifies for kicking it up! Thanks for sharing with us! Can’t wait to try out the Chibiteonics, I’ll be praying!!! Keep up the great job!

  4. This is probably my favorite card ever.. I love dragons and the light up effect just makes me smile.

  5. Thank you so much for a chance to win the Chibiteonics Chibi Lights LED Circuit Starter Kit. This is just what I have been searching for and didn’t know it existed until today when I watched your YouTube video! You are such an inspiration Jennifer! Thanks again for the wonderful video and blog! God bless!

  6. Jennifer,
    I really loved your tutorial. I have been wanting to use these new lights, but was a bit wary of the science behind them. You made it look so simple. I loved it when you said, “We are crafters. We can do this!” You are right. I can and I will. I hope I win. If not I will grab a set and start lighting things up!

  7. I love the interactive cards you bring to us. In fact I love all the ideas you show us how to execute. I can’t wait to try to make one of the light up cards.
    Thank you for sharing your talent and kindness.

  8. Hi Jennifer How I wish you did not have so many good ideas. I think I’ll just have a look at your video and then I find I’m lost in there and 2-3 hours (if not longer) I’m still looking and seeing what I can have a go at doing. Don’t ever stop or think you may get boring – for me never.
    Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing all your great videos and hints, tips, techniques

  9. This is just too cute and adorable! My daughter will be starting kindergarten next week. It will be a great card to make to ease her into school. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Thank you so much for posting this! Everybody is getting excited about these cards and I was looking for instructions. Yours were very clear as usual so thank you for “enlightening” us!

  11. I love your light up card!!! I am starting to get interested in interactive cards. I love this idea and my grandkids would love receiving a fun card like that, even some “big” kids I know. Fingers crossed would love to win!!

  12. Thanks so much for showing the Chibi lights in use. I have been eyeing them, wondering if they would take a lot of time, but I see they are fairly easy to use! And I LOVE those dragons. Mine haven’t gotten here yet, but I ordered them as soon as I saw them.

  13. I love, love, love this card! I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win the lights!

  14. What a nifty addition to a card…,going to definitely be checking this out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Oh my goodness,I have never seen this before..I am just amazed , What beautiful cards you made using these lights..I would be blessed to win a set..My son has Autism and whom is Non Verbal ,And he would love helping me make some of these cards with the lights inside them..He would probberly keep the first few ones for himself , As he loves lights,And for sensory therpy..Thank you for bringing me in this new fun card making with lights..I see my self loving this..Cant want to get my hands on this..

  16. Thank you for the details on how to use the Chibi Lights. I love your card ~ it is adorable! You make putting the lights on so easy to do. Thanks for the chance to win a set. I think they are so cool. I love the Dragon Stamp Set ~ I would love to get a set, might have to see what I can do. Thanks. Have a great day!

  17. Love this card, Jennifer! And your instructions make it seem easy.
    I can think of all kinds of possibilities for the lights.
    The grandbabies would love them! I think I have to order some… πŸ™‚

  18. Jennifer I just love the new light up cards, you are so good at explaining everything on all your videos. I had never used Lawnfawn, MFT, etc. Products till I found your video on you tube, just keep up the good work.

  19. Oh boy….I made the mistake of watching this adorable video with my 10 year old daughter( who also loves to make cards) I think you had her at “lights up”. Now she keeps asking me when I am going purchase them to try. What a FANTASTIC design looks easy and so so fun. Thank you for always sharing these wonderful products with us through your videos!!

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