Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 CHA Make & Take Exchange "Thank You" Card

Hello friends,

I attended the 2015 CHA MEGA Show in Anaheim, CA this past week.  It was such a wonderful, creative experience and I met so many incredibly talented designers, manufacturers and creative professionals.  One of the workshops I attended was a Make and Take Exchange.  Similar to a Cookie Exchange, we all made 26 Make and Takes and "traded" with other crafters.  Over 30 people attended the workshop.  Below is an image of my Make and Take featuring Chibitronics Circuit Stickers - easy to use stickers that light up!

I also created a Flipagram video showing the various steps outlined in detail below:



Top Flat Card Prep:
  1. Tie the ribbon to the top of the patterned paper and place at approx. 1/4” from the top of the card.  I usually tie a bow onto the flat ribbon and then use glue dots to wrap the ribbon around the back of the card.

  • Adhere the patterned paper to the “thanks” card with your adhesive tape runner. 
  • Using a 1/8” hole punch, punch a hole through the largest star above “thanks”
  • Temporarily place this flat card on top of the folded card and trace the hole with a pencil.  This is where your Chibitronics circuit sticker will go.
  • Set aside the patterned paper piece.

Adding the Light Sticker:
  • Fold the battery holder in half.  On the inside of this paper, write a “+” on one side and “-” on the other.

  • Glue the “-” down with the “+” flap folded up.  This is where the battery will sit.
  • Using the copper tape, run the tape along one side of the pencil mark (as close to it without covering it) to the “-” on the battery holder.  Tear it once you hit the middle of the battery holder.
  • Using the remaining copper tape, run the tape along the other side of the pencil mark, again as close to it without covering it, to the “+” on the battery holder.  If you need to fold the tape, the best way is to fold away from the direction you want the tape to go, and then fold the tape back on itself.
  • Using washi tape, cover any parts of the “+” tape that might touch the bottom of the battery.
  • On the circuit sticker, you will notice a “+” and “-” side.  The “+” side is wider.  The “-” side is the pointy side.  Place the sticker on the pencil dot so the pointy “-” side touches the copper tape leading to the “-” of the battery holder and the wider “+” side touches the copper tape leading to the “+” of the battery holder. 

  • Add the battery to the battery holder.  Close the flap to test the light.
  • Add foam adhesive to the inside edge of the battery holder, so the battery doesn’t roll into the middle of the card. 
  • Use the remaining foam adhesive and place around the rest of the card to even out the dimension.

Putting it All Together and Storage:
  1. Place the “Thanks” flat card on top of the folded card base.  Be sure to line up the dots so the light shines through the punched hole.
  2. To turn off the lights for storage, you can either take out the battery, or just slide a piece of scrap paper between the battery and the copper tape and pull to remove when you want to use it.
  3. If you remove the battery, just store it away from the copper tape so it doesn’t drain.
Enjoy!  Please leave a comment below if you have any additional questions and I'd be happy to answer them!  Have a great day!

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