Blog Hop: Easy Light Up Cards + Giveaway!
Hi everybody! It's Maria here and boy do we have something fun in store for you today! Today we are joining together with Pear Blossom Press for a fun blog hop showing how easy it is to use the EZ-Lights with Hero Arts products that you probably already have in your stash.
I decided to use the Lucky Star stamp set for my card because I thought that it would be really fun to make the stars light up. I started out by preparing the background of my card. Here's what I did:
- Cut Dove White Cardstock to to 4.25" x 5.5"
- Next, I ink blended using Reactive Inks in Splash, Blue Hawaii, Grape Slush, Green Apple and Blue Raspberry. I masked the background off to create the horizon line while ink blending.
- Sprayed the sky with White Iridescent Shimmer Mist to add sparkle.
- Splattered the sky with Silver Metallic Ink to add extra stars.
- Splattered black ink from a felt tipped pen onto the ground.
- Heat embossed the stars in White Detail Embossing Powder.
Once the background was prepped I was ready to add my lights to the card. The Pear Blossom Press EZ-Lights come in units that have three lights on them. I chose three places to add my lights and used a craft pick to poke small holes in my paper. You can see below how that looked.
Next, I added Clear Enamel Dots on top of the holes. This will help to radiate the light from the EZ-Lights and give my stars a soft glow. Below you can see how that looks.
The next step is adding the EZ-Lights unit to the back of my panel. I have a few tips for doing this:
- First, carefully uncoil the wires making sure not to break them away from the small, yellow light bulb at the tip of the wires.
- Put your battery into the slot on the main piece of the unit. Press the purple button to make sure your lights light up. If they don't, flip the battery over as you may have placed it upside down.
- Place one lightbulb behind each of the holes/enamel dots and tape securely into place. I used scotch tape.
- Place the unit with battery and button where you want it so that it is easy to press when your card is finished. I used a tape runner to apply adhesive and stick my unit into place.
- TIP: Place your unit so that the battery can be removed from your finished card. This will allow you to remove it so that they battery will not be drained while not in use. Unfortunately, I didn't do this but I wish I had.
- Gently coil the excess wires and tape them to the cardstock so that the unit will remain in place and the wires won't be damaged.
Next, it's time to add a double layer of foam adhesive. The battery unit is thicker than a single layer of foam tape so a double layer is necessary. I was careful not put it on top of my light bulbs or on any wire connections.
I flipped my card over and added it to a top folding card base. Then I finished decorating it. I added a sentiment that was heat embossed in white on black cardstock. I also added Copic colored stargazing children that I cut out using the coordinating dies. These kids are just so sweet!
Now that the card is completely put together here's a look at it with the lights off...
And, here's a look at it with the lights on... So Fun!
I wanted to make sure the recipient of this card would know where to push to light up the stars so I used a fine tipped marker to write, "PUSH," on the bottom left corner (where the button is).
I love making cards extra fun by adding lights and these EZ-Lights from Pear Blossom Press make it incredibly easy! If you'd like to check out more ideas on how to use these lights keep on going with our blog hop to see more creative ideas. To continue on with the hop just check out the list below.
We've also got a fun GIVEAWAY for you all today. There will be two lucky winners selected randomly from comment on the blogs. One winner will win a $50 gift card to Hero Arts and another winner will receive a $50 gift card to Pear Blossom Press. Those are awesome prizes so make sure you comment to enter as you hop along with us!
I hope you all think these light up cards are as fun as I do! Now I'm curious to know what you all have in your Hero Arts stash that you're itching to turn into a light up card. Let me know in the comments below!
Have an awesome day you guys!
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