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), the 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. I would love to make card s like this one for my grandkids; they would love the light up feature! Thanks for doing the video with the great instructions!

  2. OMG this is cute beyond words!! You have to be the most clever person ever — I’ve learned so much watching your videos!!

  3. Super cute card! Wonderful way to make use of the lights! Hope I win 🙂 would love to try out the lights.

  4. Oh my gosh! I would love to win a chibitronics starter kit! It looks like so much fun! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  5. I am so looking forward to trying out these lights! Thanks for your detailed video on how to use them. Very helpful!!

  6. These are so adorable! I have a lot of birthday cards I make each year and adding this would blow the recipients away. Thanks for all your inspiration!

  7. This card with lights is so fun! Who wouldn’t enjoy receiving it? Thank you for sharing this and for sharing your talents!

  8. HI Jennifer,
    I love these little lights! So glad you found them and did a great tutorial with such a cute card. I have had these lights on my wish list for some time. I love all your tutorials.
    Thank you for sharing.

  9. Wundervolle Karte und diese Lämpchen habe ich noch nie gesehen. Würde ich gerne mal ausprobieren.

    LG Sandra

  10. What a fantastic idea! Really appealing for a child’s card but a novelty for the grown-ups as well. Clever you!

  11. You are so right! I think the kids would love helping me make a card with these. I think we’ll do some special Christmas cards for the grandparents. I’m thinking a light up tree when you press a present, or maybe light up angel wings. Thanks so much for sharing this fun idea!

  12. Amazing, get the feeling I would end up in a pickle with this but would love to have a go. Definitely would make your card stand out from the crowd!

  13. This was just too cute. I’ve seen some other people post about these light kits, but i will definitely need to put them on mywish list! What fun that the kids can do this with you too! I love how the engineer says dont worry it’s easy ;).

  14. This is a lovely card It have taken my breath away I love to try this card just to see the smile on any one face who get this card don’t matter if your young or old it wonderful Love it……..Thanks for sharing this one item that will be added to my wish list…….I’m sure it’s not just in mine love it thanks again.

  15. I would love to win a chibitronics starter kit! It looks like so much fun! Thanks for the inspiration and for the opportunity to win!

  16. Wow, that card is so cute. What a cute idea for a card, light it up. I can see candles on a birthday card, stars sparkling, diamonds… the potential for use is endless. Scrapbooks too!

  17. This is an amazing product! This is a game changer for me, I have 5 grandchildren now and as they get older and appreciate the cards I give them, they will be excited to get these types of cards!! Love your idea and your tutorial was explained perfectly for me to understand!! Thanks for sharing!!

  18. What an awesome idea! Lights are appropriate for any occasion and would be a deLIGHT to receive. I love your classes and have learned so much from you. Thank you. 🙂

  19. Circuit boards in cards! What a great idea!!
    This reminded me of circuit boards I made from file folders for my classroom one year. The students loved them! I will have to experiment with this idea!

  20. This is so cute! I’ve had the Chibitronics light set on my wishlist for ages just waiting for my budget to allow it -thanks for the chance to win it!

  21. Thanks for showing this product. I remember Lawn Fawn show some cards using this product, and love the fact that you did one too. It is always interesting to see different people use the same product.

  22. This is so awesomely cool! I have a foster grandson who just turned three who loves dragons and dinosauers and making them able to light up the candles would make him super excited.

  23. OH goodness gracious! This would make a spectacular, special card for anyone. A special birthday, a wedding, an Anniversary……..many, many ideas are flowing thru my brain after looking at this idea. Expensive, yes but if used sparingly, would be for a very unique card. It does not appear as if you need an electrical engineering degree to figure it out but it would be fun and different to do.

  24. What an amazing card! Can’t wait to get the supplies so I can make them for my grandkids and send some to local Childrens Hospital

  25. This could be your best card ever.
    It has everything you could want, cute, colourful and a bit of technology.
    What more could you ask for?

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