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Make your own light-up pop-up greeting cards with these educational kits. A fun way to learn simple circuitry and paper engineering!
Make your own light-up pop-up greeting cards with these educational kits. A fun way to learn simple circuitry and paper engineering!
Make your own light-up pop-up greeting cards with these educational kits. A fun way to learn simple circuitry and paper engineering!
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A light-up pop-up greeting card kit with pre-cut paper shapes and included electronic components. Learn simple circuitry and paper engineering, then gift your creation to someone you love!

The kits include online instructions with detailed photo illustrations, tips, and  explanations of the skills learned.

 Learn how to:

  • Construct a switch with copper tape
  • Correctly wire a battery and LED
  • Assemble basic paper engineering techniques 

My goal is to make 3 Designs for this holiday season:

  • RUDOLPH - He's an adorable reindeer with a red light-up nose!
  • X-MAS TREE - An elegant tree with its star all a-glow!
  • SNOWFLAKE - The shining star of a winter wonderland! (The snowflake card will have no tie to any religious beliefs - just pretty and wintery.)

Each design will feature:

A die cut shape and border on the front:

A typographic greeting with a 3 Dimensional pop-up and an LED light:

A switch to activate the light and save battery when not in use:

I taught a workshop at EdCamp this summer. Together we made this light-up pop-up heart card:

The workshop was fun, but I realized that a wrongly folded angle or misplaced piece of copper tape could throw a participant way off the path to success. So, I started making revisions to the design with my computer and the Silhouette Cameo cutting tool. 

With the digital files, I could simplify the design by providing the correct folding angles, but also make it more appealing and decorative!

The heart card was just the beginning. Now, I want to bring the kit to school groups, girl scout troops, and anyone who's interested in the wonderful things that can be done with lights, paper and imagination! 

 My favorite class in Middle School was sewing. In class we sewed kits that would eventually become adorable stuffed animals — and I LOVED stuffed animals. Completing the kits gave me an amazing sense of accomplishment. When I would show off my new toy, people would say “Wait, you MADE that?” and I could sense that their amazement was genuine. 

I was ok at math, but I found it incredibly boring — until I got to geometry. I was really really good at geometry. Learning how to visualize shapes in physical space, connecting 2D shapes to create 3D garments was no doubt how I got that good.

I guess I’m just a typical girl. It’s really hard to get me to learn something unless I see the “stuffed animal” at the end. That’s why I’m creating Circuit Sentiments, a kit that requires building a simple electrical circuit, a geometric folding pop-up, and most importantly becomes a cool light-up pop-up greeting card to share with someone you love! (“Wait, you MADE this?”) And the best part about working with paper is you don’t need any fancy machinery, just you and your creative self.

There is nothing I love more than a simple, effortless design.

I’m committed to making this the best kit available. I will choose the best components, make relevant designs, and I won’t stop until the instructions are simple, straightforward, and fun! Of course, I won’t get it perfect on the first try. You will be helping me create the best product by affording me the time to test different iterations of my designs and clarify my instructions. Simplicity is hard, but I'm ready to make it great!

Circuit Sentiments are for anyone who has ever wondered how pop-ups or paper circuits work. I hope Circuit Sentiments will be both an awesome card and a catalyst to spark interest in electronics or paper engineering.

And if a few girls get a hold of them, and they learn that geometry and electronics can be fun, that would make it all worth it. :)

Risks and challenges

This project requires little risk. I will be handling all design and fabrication, so there are few variables. If anything unforeseen happens, I promise to keep excellent communication, and clearly define any changes.

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    You make the cut! Receive PDF and SVG files of the RUDOLPH design. Cut by hand or with a Silhouette Cameo or similar electronic cutting tool to create your Circuit Sentiment!

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    You can cut it! Receive PDF and SVG files of the X-MAS TREE design. Cut by hand or with a Silhouette Cameo or similar electronic cutting tool to create your Circuit Sentiment!

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    You can do it.... yourself! Receive PDF and SVG files of the SNOWFLAKE design. Cut by hand or with a Silhouette Cameo or similar electronic cutting tool to create your Circuit Sentiment!

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    The whole shebang! Receive the RUDOLPH Circuit Sentiment kit including all the pre-cut shapes and electronic components needed for an awesome card!

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    Something for Valentines... Receive the HEART Circuit Sentiment kit including all the pre-cut shapes and electronic components needed for an awesome card! The heart design was the original Circuit Sentiment prototype, and will be completed after the December holiday season. It will be shipped in January in time for Valentines Day!

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    Let it snow....a bit later! **This reward will be shipped the second week of December. Receive the SNOWFLAKE Circuit Sentiment kit including all the pre-cut shapes and electronic components needed for an awesome card!

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    The master collection! Receive PDF and SVG files of ALL THREE designs. Cut by hand or with a Silhouette Cameo or similar electronic cutting tool to create your Circuit Sentiments! Who will their lucky recipients be?

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    Thrice as nice. Receive all three (RUDOLPH, SNOWFLAKE, and X-MAS TREE) Circuit Sentiment kits. Grab some friends and have some fun!

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    Thrice as nice.... in mid December! **This reward will be shipped the second week of December. Receive all three (RUDOLPH, SNOWFLAKE, and X-MAS TREE) Circuit Sentiment kits. Grab some friends and have some fun!

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    FOUR! Receive three (RUDOLPH, SNOWFLAKE, and X-MAS TREE) Circuit Sentiment kits in DECEMBER. But wait, there's more! Receive the HEART Circuit Sentiment kit in January in time for Valentines day!

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    Just a bit of paper art, thank you. Receive a 5 x 7 3D paper cut out of your name, ready to be framed and admired by you.

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    Lucky Dozen. Receive four of EACH (RUDOLPH, SNOWFLAKE, and X-MAS TREE) Circuit Sentiment kits! Great for girl scout troops, parties, or after school activities! (add $8 per kit if you need more than 12)

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    Lucky Dozen + Me! If you live in NYC, Jersey City or Hoboken, NJ I will come lead a one hour Circuit Sentiments workshop. You and up to 12 participants will make and leave with their very own Circuit Sentiments greeting card! Available December 12 - 22.

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    You're a VIP. I'll make a work of paper art that's customized to your high-class taste. Shoot me an idea... I'd love to hear it.

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