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Posted on June 3, 2022 by Jan Hunter

Cheery cards are the order of the day and one that has some special features make things a bit brighter too.  Using some watercolor clip art from Creative Fabrica and chibi lights are a perfect combination to create this fun card.

Honeybee Clipart

You’ll also need:

Electronic cutting machine and associated software (Skycut C24 and SCAL 5 Pro)
Chibitronic* LED stickers
Copper tape
battery (2016)
Foam tape and pop-up dots
Distress Inks
Micron Pen (.01, .02 or .03)

Chibitronics materials: 

NOTE:  All directions are specific to SCAL 5 Pro.  If you are using other software, follow the manufacturer’s directions for reducing size and print + cut (print)

Download, unzip and open the file.  Scroll through the images and decide which ones you plan to use.  Open your cutting machine software and place several of the bees on the mat and size to just slightly less than 1 inch in height.  4 different images were selected.  We made sure that at least one of the images was facing the opposite direction for the composition of the overall design. Make sure that the proportions box is checked and both height and width will decrease in size at the same rate. 

Place a flower on the mat, size to approximately 2.5 inches tall.  You’ll want to copy and paste 3 of the images on the mat.  Flip one horizontally so the flower faces to the right.  Place one image of the flower bloom on the mat and size to 1 inch high.  Follow the directions for decreasing sizes as shared above. 

Once you have all the components on the mat, print the images following the steps provided in your software.  Let the ink dry for about 15 minutes before cutting. Follow the directions for print + cut.    If you don’t have a machine and are using another editing software for your images, print and then fussy cut using scissors or a craft knife. If desired, ink the edges of the images.  It wasn’t done for this project as the white edges provided that break in color against the background of the card front. 

Cardstock pieces: 

Cut 3 pieces of white cardstock.  One at 5.5 x 8.5 inches, score at 4.25 inches along the 8.5 side. This will be your card base.  Cut a second piece at 4 x 5.25, this will be the card front.  Cut the third piece at 3.75 x 4.75.  This will hold the circuitry for the lights. 

A piece of Bazill cardstock cut at 4.25 x 5.50 was used for the front of the card base.  The color Melon was used and is complementary to the colors in the clip art being used for this sample. 

Select the piece of white cardstock cut at 4 x 5.25 and ink background.  This is the card front and will be referred to as such in the following steps as needed. Distress inks and a blending tool were used.  A scrap of paper was used as a guide for creating the horizon. 

Add any additional details you may desire. 

Next up:  Build your scene with the printed images.  Do not adhere at this time.  If desired, place your sentiment on now. 

Lift one bee at a time and mark that spot on the card front with a small mark.  You will be punching a small hole there in the next step. 

Remove all the elements.  Punch a small hole at the small marks you have made.  (NOTE:  the hole in the bottom right corner was not necessary as we didn’t use a button switch in the final card.  The extra blossom was used to cover the hole.)

Create your circuit: 

Select the white piece cut at 3.75 x 4.75  and center on the back of the card front. Using a bit of removable tape, secure in place. Turn over so the card front is face up.  Using a pencil, make a mark through the holes on the smaller piece of white.  These marks will mark the placement for the lights on the that piece. 

Once the marks are made, remove the tape, and begin the process of creating the circuit for the lights to work. 

(this card started as a slider – but there was a change in plans.  So, disregard the slider marks on the image above.) 

If you’ve never used Chibitronic lights in a project previously, there are some great directions for simple and more complex circuits at

Once you’re satisfied with the circuit and it works well, attach to the card base.  Add the foam tape or dots as shown above.  The foam should not extend beyond the edge. 

Card Front:

Arrange the flowers on the card front.  Add a piece of foam tape or a pop-up dot to the back of each of the bees and then place on the card front – with the wings covering the holes you punched earlier. 

Remove the release paper from the foam on the circuit layer. 

Center the card front and secure it in place on the foam layer.

Once the card front is in place, press to light up the card.  Note where the battery pack is and if desired, you can mark the spot.  We chose not to mark the spot and let the recipient find the surprise. 

It’s been a while since the last chibi featured project.  There are lots of ideas in the sketch book for future projects.  Will you be trying one of your own soon? 

So many ways you can add lights to your projects and make them one of a kind gifts for a special friend or a special occasion. 

If you haven’t added your personal sentiment to the inside of the card, now’s the time.  Be sure to sign your card on the back. 

If you make one of these cards or something similar, we’d love to see your makes.  Be sure to tag us #creativefabrica or #nurtureyrheart and like this project!  

Thanks for stopping by.  For additional inspiration, please visit my page here or my blog

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