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Light Up Ship with Chibitronics & MFT Stamps

Hi Everybody and welcome to day 2 of the of the My Favorite Things (MFT) and Chibitronics Blog Hop. To celebrate this occasion MFT will be giving away a $50.00 gift card and Chibitronics will be giving away a stater kit. To enter the giveaway please leave a comment on this and all blogs along the blog hop. The more the blogs you visit the higher your chances of winning. You can link over to view all of today’s post below.

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Vanessa Amann
Tiffany Au
Maya Isaksson
Eiko Uchida
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Growing up I’ve always been a big fan of Peter Pan and when I saw the Party Like a Pirate stamp sets from MFT I knew I needed to make a card with that theme. My card features the pirate ship floating within the clouds and its portholes are lighted up with Chibitronics lights. This card also features a pop-up element when you open the card.

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My card features 2 separate LED circuit and this tutorial will be broken up in 2 parts. Part 1 will focus on the front panel and part 2 will be the inside pop-up piece.

Part 1: Front Panel

  • Create my front background by trimming white and grey card stock to same size as my card base.


  • Used the largest arch die from MFT and die cut a window from the grey  card base and trace the window outline onto my white card base.
  • Cut out a small circle from post-it tape for a moon mask and used Distress Oxide Inks in Black Soot, Faded Jeans, & Seedless Preserve to create my night sky.
  • Took the ship stamp from the MFT Party Like a Pirate set and stamp out 3 ships (2 the regular way and 1 using the mirror technique). Color them with Copics markers and cut them out using the coordinating dies.
  • Used my penknife and cut out all the portholes from all 3 ships.
  • Cut out cloud shapes from white card stock and vellum paper for my sky.
  • Assemble my front sky panel and position where first ship will be placed and mark it on my background panel and cut that out.
  • I also traced that opening I made onto my card base. That is where I need to position my LED light sticker.


  • Took a small circle die slightly bigger then my battery and die cut a circle above where my LED sticker will go (for my battery).


  • Cover the hole I made with post-it tape (inside out) with the sticky side facing the front.
  • Used my pencil to draw out where my copper tape will go. I also used my penknife to create a slit in my card base. That is where I will tread my copper tapes through.


  • To create my circuit, I first lay down my negative side by starting from the post it tape over the hole and leading it to my light sticker and then to the side slit. I tread the rest of the copper tape through the side slit.


  • I took a piece of white paper and wrap copper tape over it. Then rest it on top of double layer of foam tape next to where the battery will be placed (I call this the “bridge”).
  • Start the positive circuit from the light sticker and connect it to the top of the the “bridge” and then trail it down to the side slit. Make sure to leave enough room on my copper tape to tread it to the inside.


  • Place down double layer of foam tape around the card base. Assemble my front panel and place that down over my foam tape. This completes part 1.

Part 2: Inside Pop Up

  • Turn the card over and carefully peel the unconnected side of the post it tape and stick the battery upside down and the close it up.


  • Used a large circle die and cut out a circle from grey card stock. Fold it in half and cut a slit in the middle.


  • Thread the 2 copper tape through the slit in the grey circle and glue it down in place (make sure the crease lines up).


  • Cut out the following strips of paper for my pop-up element: 2 strips of 0.5″ wide x 3.75″ long (scored at 0.25, 1.75, 2.00, 3.50 inches) and 2 strips of 0.75″ wide x 2.25″ long (scored at 0.25, 1.00, 1.25, 2.00).
  • For each strip, overlap the ends to create tiny rectangles and glue the ends tight. These will be used to create the pop-up effect.
  • Glue down 1 large rectangle onto the ends of the card and tape both copper strip on it.
  • Tape the bottom of 1 ship on top of the rectangle and let the copper tape go up pass the portholes and add my 2nd LED light sticker.


  • Sandwich the copper tape with the 2nd large rectangle (using scor-tape) and add the last ship to it. To get the best ‘tightness” close the card before to press everything together.


  • Adhere the top of the ship flags together with glue.
  • Add the 2 smaller rectangles to the side of the larger one.
  • Used my cloud dies and cut out 2 panels slightly over 2 inches and used my cloud stencil to create a full pattern with Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink.


  • Trim the cloud piece down to size so it will be shorter then the grey circle and tape each end together with tape.


  • Add glue to the outside of each small rectangle and slid the cloud ring over it. Close the card to glue everything down.
  • Used a white jellyroll pen to add stars to my background.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and please remember to leave a comment for a chance to win 1 of 2 awesome prizes.


34 thoughts on “Light Up Ship with Chibitronics & MFT Stamps

  1. WOW! That’s really awesome Tiffany! I’m still very much a beginner in making cards using Chibitronics, but I absolutely love making 3D and interactive paper projects, so this totally captured my heart. Thank you so much for the detailed how-to. I’m blown away by this card. So great!


  2. Wow, your card is just wonderful! Love the step-by-step directions; very very helpful and I am definitely going to give this a try, although not sure I’ll be able to replicate your card – it is awesome! TFS!


  3. What a clever idea. Would be fun to display
    anywhere in the house. Getting so many
    ideas that makes me want to get these lights.
    thanks for sharing


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