I finally got time to play with the Chibitronics starter kit that came with the December Simon Says Stamp card kit.
Since I am quite averse to any sort of card making that involves measuring, or anything slightly technical I didn't think that I'd enjoy using this kit, but I have to say, it was actually really easy and I think I"m now hooked on making light up cards. I'm definitely going to buy some more of the kit elements so I can make more.
I took a few step by step photos while making this card because it's quite hard to explain how I put it together without them.
The instructions that come with the kit are really good and make it really simple to plot out your circuit. I drew a circle on my card front where I wanted the light to be, then plotted where to put the battery and copper wire. You need to create a little flap so that the plus side can touch the top of the battery, and you need to create a little 'house' from foam pads so that the light isn't permanently on, but needs you to push on the card front on top of the battery to make it light up.
The main points to remember are to make sure the copper tape is close enough to touch both sides of the light without touching each other, and that all the copper tape is firmly stuck down - I used a bone folder to rub over all of it to make sure it was smooth. As you can see, it doesn't have to be pretty or neat, as long as you keep the connection.
I was pathetically excited when it worked! I cut a small circle in the card panel that I was putting on top so that I didn't block any of the light, then I put a double layer of foam tape all around (and especially around the battery so that it wouldn't move).
I also cut a circle in my die cut layer where the light was - I wanted the one layer of card that my image was on to have all the light shining through. It was a little fiddly to make sure I got that lined up right, but it worked out OK.
And here it is lit up: