Oh.My.Goodness. I have not had this much crafting fun in a while! A light up Rudolph holiday framed art piece? Yes, please! I just couldn't help but put a red light-up nose on Julie's adorable new Essentials by Ellen Leaping Deer die!
Here's a video of it working -- turn your sound up or down, depending on if you want to get in the holiday spirit or keep things quiet!
Here's how this 4" x 6" framed piece came together:
First, I dry embossed a piece of 4" x 6" Neenah Solar White 110 Lb. cardstock with Taylored Expressions Twirls and Swirls Embossing Folder.
Then I die cut the Leaping Deer from American Crafts Pow! Gold Glitter Paper, positioned him on the swirl background, and pierced a small hole where I wanted his nose to be.
Next, I positioned all the pieces in my Misti, using the large snowflake stamp from the new Essentials by Ellen Season to Sparkle stamp set as a placeholder for the die cut snowflake that will be on the front of the framed art piece, which will be the "button" to push to make Rudolph's nose light up!
Next, I removed all the elements except the stamp from the Misti, and replaced the swirl background with a blank piece 4" x 6" Solar White 110 Lb. cardstock, then stamped the snowflake. This piece will be my background template, which will be hidden underneath the art piece, and serve as a place to build the circuit (shown below). I also used a pencil to lightly mark through Rudolph's nose hole onto the template, so I would know where to place the LED light (you can see the small dot in the photo below, at the top of the copper foil tape).
Then I did just that -- started building the circuit by using the copper tape found in the Chibitronics Chibi Lights Starter Kit:
A full instruction book comes with the starter kit, along with a sampling of different colors of LED lights to work with. You can find a great beginner single-circuit tutorial video on any of the Chibitronics product pages here in the Ellen Hutson store, and Julie made a wonderful Hello Monday 10.24.16 video also showing how to make a one-light single circuit. These LED light kits are so much fun! Choose from several different LED Light sticker pack colors -- Tropical, all white, primary colors, or even special effects!
In the photo above, the lower right shows where I stamped the snowflake -- this is where the battery will go. To hold the battery in place, I placed a small piece of scrap cardstock (approximately 3/4" x 1-7/8", scored at 7/8" from each end) to create 1/8" "book-binding" type of fold, to allow for the bulk of the battery:
I taped the battery holder in place, over the snowflake. Since the bottom side of the cell battery is the negative (-) side (the top is marked as the positive side), your copper foil tape runs up from the battery (the copper tape runs underneath the battery, on top of the battery holder cardstock), to the pointed negative side of the triangular LED light (marked with the blue arrow on the right below). You must leave a space between the positive and negative foil tape pieces underneath the battery -- the two cannot cross, or they will short-circuit and the light will not work. My tape is a little off center under the light (marked with the red arrow below), but as long as the back sides of the LED light sticker come in contact with the copper foil tape, it will work:
Then the copper foil tape runs from the positive (+) wide end of the LED light (marked with the blue arrow on the left above), down to the battery holder. The tape must run over the battery holder cardstock, onto the inside so it comes in contact with the battery:
To finish the template, I placed X-Press It Foam Tape around the battery to hold it in place, building up the layers until the tape was higher than the battery/holder -- it took three layers. I'm sorry I didn't not get a photo of this -- I was too excited it all actually worked and couldn't wait get it all put together! After placing three layers of additional foam tape on all sides of the template, I topped it with the swirl embossed background.
So now when the large snowflake is pressed, Rudolph's nose lights up!
The Essentials by Ellen Season to Sparkle snowflake was heat embossed with Ranger Silver Super Fine Embossing Powder and die cut with its coordinating Season to Sparkle die, then popped up on foam tape over the battery.
The pretty "Tis the season to Sparkle" sentiment was also heat embossed -- with super-fine silver on top, graduating down to Gold on the "Sparkle" word! The sentiment was die cut with a Taylored Expressions Label Stacklets 8 die, then Krylon Gold Leafing Pen used to color the edges; it is also popped up on foam tape. Lastly, the piece was placed in a 4" x 6" silver frame and Taylored Expressions Build a Scene Christmas Sequins (white and silvery snowflakes) scattered across the background.
I hope you'll give Chibitronics Chibi Lights a try -- they are so much fun and very addictive! Think of the fun a young child would have with this holiday decoration ... I know my teenagers were playing with it most of the evening after I made it and it always received a giggle (and they thought it was cool)!