Saturday, July 27, 2019
Pear Blossom Power Pack Hop
POWER PACK BLOG HOP - KNOCK if you dare! light up card
I am super excited to be a part of the Pear Blossom Press Power Pack Blog Hop!
Welcome to my blog, your 4th stop on the hop!
I was inspired to create a spooky light up Halloween card! "KNOCK if you dare!" When you press or tap the door to the house, select windows and the eerie moon will light up!
This is the Power Pack Kit by Pear Blossom Press. It's genius, everything included in the kit to make three light up projects. You provide the paper and the inspiration. The kit includes three white Chibitronic sticker lights that are labeled with a (+) positive and a (-) negative side, a generous amount of conductive copper tape to lay out the circuit path, and three Power Packs that house the ultra thin battery and the switch to complete the connection. You will also see each power pack is labeled with a (+) positive and a (-) negative side. This ensure popper placement of the lights.
For this project I am using Plusivo LED 3mm colored lights in yellow lights. These appear to be clear bulbs, but they light up in specific colors. It is important to note there is also a positive and a negative side to the wire legs of these lights.
The longest leg is always the (+) positive leg and the shorter leg is the (-) negative leg.
I started by creating a background for my card with Distress Oxide Inks on a piece of 5 1/4" x 4" Huckleberry Fusion cardstock. I created an circular area in the top right using Carved Pumpkin Ink, added a few flicks of water to create the starry sky and added black ink at the bottom of the card front for the ground. The Spooky Clouds die set is from Taylored Expression and cut out of Black Licorice cardstock, The spooky house and eerie tree dies are from the Spooksville Die Set by Fun Stampers Journey/Spellbinders. They are cut from Cocoa Powder and Black Licorice cardstock respectively. I also cut a second house and tree to use for masking later on.
I die cut a 1 1/4" circle in the top right corner for the moon to shine through.
I positioned the pieces to see how I wanted the card front to look.
I removed the house and the tree and then glued the clouds into place trimming the parts that extended past the card base.
I put the house back in place to gauge where the Power Pack will be placed. I wanted the door of the house to be over the purple switch on the Power Pack.
With the house still in place, I traced the openings for the circle window, middle window and the door. I then used a craft knife and cutting mat to cut out the openings as shown in the photo below.
For the back of the card front, I used a piece of Orange Rave cardstock. I centered the background piece atop the card and trace the openings I just cut out. The orange card stock is where I will map out and place the copper tape, lights and Power Pack.
I set the Power Pack in place. The (+) positive wing of the pack is pointed towards the top of the card. This means I will want to map out the (+)positive copper tape circuit on the left side of the card. I chose three yellow Plusivo 3mm LED lights. The (+) positive leg (longer) is pointed to the left side of the card. The lights point toward the window and moon openings as shown below. I used Sookwang Tape, also known as ScoreTape, on the back of the Power Pack, making sure to NOT cover up the metal wings.
The copper tape is conductive on both sides. You want to avoid touching the tape side as much as possible as it will collect the oils from your skin making the tape less conductive. It is always a good rule of thumb to leave a little tail of the tape extending past the end point of the destination. Below, I taped out the (+) positive tape line on the left and the (-) negative tape line on the right side. (Pear Blossom Press has a great video on how to turn corners with the tape to create turns in your tape line) I stuck the Power Pack in place over the top of the copper tape making sure the purple button lines up with the door opening I drew in the orange cardstock. Next I added an additional piece of copper tape on top of each of the metal wings, sandwiching the Power Pack wings in between the copper tape. I placed the lights with the (+) positive long leg on the left side of the card on the left copper tape line and the right (-) negative short leg on the right side of the copper tape line. I then added another piece of copper tape on top of the tracks sandwiching the wire between the two pieces of copper tape as shown. Do NOT burnish the tape over the wires. It should be a firm, but not a tight fit.
I tested lights by pressing the purple switch. You may notice the light further away is slightly dimmer than the lights closer to the Power Pack. If any of the lights do not light up, press on the copper tape over the wire legs to see of the connection is not firm enough and make some slight adjustments to the pressure of the tape or the angle of the light.
I cut a piece of vellum to cover the openings on the back of the blue cardstock and taped it into place. Using a small piece of orange cardstock, I covered the door opening from behind as well.
I masked off the house and tree as shown and daubed Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Ink on the exposed edge to create the moonlight glow on both of them.
I glued the house in place on the card front and added the tree using foam squares. I tested the lights once again before I started to add the craft foam to the card to encase the Power Pack and lights.
I added double layers of foam tape to the card back and around the battery as shown below. Note: There are two area in the second photo where I added three layers of foam tape. The two places that need three layers of foam tape are beneath the door under the Power Pack switch and to the right of the purple button on the Power Pack. This allows for the space needed around the button area.
I exposed the foam tape and mounted the two fronts together and added it to an orange A2 card base.
The sign in the front was added with a hand written "KNOCK if you dare!" pointing to the door on the front of the card.
I tested the lights and they worked!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the blog hop and I hope it inspired you to create a light up card. Leave a comment letting me know what kind of light up card you want to create. I love hearing from you. Your next stop on the blog hop is below! Make sure you stop at all the hops and see all the amazing creations featuring the Power Pack by Pear Blossom Press.
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Three Power Pack Kits will be awarded to winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on August 3, 2019. Void where prohibited by law. For complete contest rules, visit https://pearblossompress.com/lights-camera-interaction-power-pack-blog-hop Winners will be announced on August 5, 2019 at https://pearblossompress.com/winner-winner-chicken-dinner/