Light Up Shaker Aquarium Card

Hi Everyone! I was able to visit my bestie in California over summer break and it was my very first time there. We had plans to visit Yosemite but our plans was canceled due to a massive forest fire and we decided to wing it and just drive down Highway 1 along the Pacific Coast. During our drive down the coast we stopped by the famous Monterery Bay Aquairum and saw the jellyfish exhibit and it was beautiful!

I have the So Jelly stamp set from Lawn Fawn and wanted to make a lighted up card that looks like the exhibit with its bright deep blue background with jellyfishes floating around. My Chibitronics element will be the light up gold starfish floating in the middle.

Here are the instructions:

I first created my background from a piece of A2 sized cardstock with Distress Oxide Inks in 3 different shades of blue. Stamp out a couple of jellyfishes and color them in using copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I also created my front panel for my shaker card by die cutting a stitched oval window from white card stock and taping down a piece of acetate to cover it.

Used the jellyfish coordinating dies to cut out the same shape out of white fun foam (x 6). Used double sided tape to adhere my stamped jellyfish onto the fun foam shapes. For my light up starfish, I used the coordinating die from the same set to cut out a piece of fun foam and white cardstock. From the fun foam star, I used my pen knife to cut out the middle of my shape so I will be left with an outline.

To start on my LED circuit I first glue down my fun foam star outline onto the backing of my light up star. Stamp my starfish onto white vellum paper, heat embossed it with gold powder, and then color the back with a yellow copic marker. Took 2 separate pieces of conductive thread and thread it through my blue background (I used thread instead of the standard copper tape so it would not show on my card).

Thread my conductive thread to the top and bottom part of my star and tape down my Yellow LED sticker and test it out to make sure everything is connected. Then glue the top of my star down to finish it.

For my battery I wanted to create a space that will allow me to replace it when needed. I first trace my battery into the bottom corner of my blue background and cut it out with my penknife. I then trace the exact same potion onto my folded card base and cut that it with my penknife. To finish it off, I place a piece of post it tape with the sticky side facing out that card. That way I will be able to carefully peel it off from the inside to replace my battery.

To finish my circuit I took both ends of the conductive thread and wrap it around my card base so it will show in the front. Took my shaker window and place it upside down above my background. Took my positive conductive wire and lead it to my my shaker window and tape it down with copper tape. That will be my positive tape and I trail it down to where the battery will be placed. For my negative side I used copper tape to tape my thread down and trail it to my battery (over the post it tape).

To finish off my shaker card I placed double layers of foam tape around my shaker window and around my battery. Release the backing from the tape and add my shaker elements in the middle. Then tape everything down.

Last I hear emboss my sentiment into blue cardstock with gold embossing powder and tape that down and stamp my little Press Here label over my batter.

I hope you enjoy this card.

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Light Up Shaker Aquarium Card
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