Hey Krafty Friends, Jen from Katahdin Krafts here, welcome back to the blog today. I have this cute light-up slimline card for you!

I’ve really enjoyed working with the November Subscription Box again this week to make this light-up slimline card, and especially with the Nativity stamp set included. I went with a similar color palette as my last week’s project… because I like how it came out, so why fix something that’s not broken?!? Plus, if you wanted to make several Christmas cards, sometimes doing the same color scheme is helpful.

This week I decided to try out the EZ Lights from Pear Blossom, they really live up to the name, so easy!

The first thing I did was stamp all my imagines onto Copic friendly paper with Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black Ink. Then I cut my images out with my Scan ‘N Cut.

I cut a piece of cardstock to 8.75″ x 3.75″ and inked up my background with Distress Oxide Inks. For the sky, I used Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot; for the ground, I used Mowed Lawn and Walnut Stain. Next, I blended these until I was happy with the results, making it look like a nighttime scene. I spritzed the whole background with my Distress Sprayer, making the Oxides react. Then I set this aside to let it dry.

Coloring the Scene

I Copic colored the barn with E23, E25, and E27, the inside with E33 and E35. Then I matched the outside spaces with my sky colors. I smooshed the colors (chipped sapphire and black soot) onto my mat, spritzed them with water, mixed them, and painted the spaces.

I colored the rest of my images:

Joseph: Clothes – BG90, BG93 & BG96. Vest – E42 & E43. Staff – E23

Mary: Clothes: B91, B93 & B95.

Skin- E21, E11 & R02. Hair – E35 & E37

Baby Jesus: Skin – E00, YR00 & YR02. Halo – Y15 Blanket – B91 & B93, C0 & C1. Straw – YR23 & YR24. Manger – E23, E25 & E27.

Sheep: C0, C1, R02 & C8.

Star: Y15, Y17 & Y19

After the background panel dried, I used Pixie Spray on Lawn Fawn’s “Starry Sky” Stencil. The next thing I did was place it on my background and applied Gina K’s “Glitter Glitz Gel” in white to the stencil.

This made some nice raised shimmery stars for added interested to the background of my card.

After that, I cut Craft Perfect Glitter Cardstock in “Silver Screen” to 9″ x 4″, then I hollowed out the center (to save for future use) and made a frame for my card. I added the frame to my panel, assembled my images to the front of the card, and glued them down.

Lighting It Up

Then I got to work lighting up my card! The first thing I did was determine where I wanted the light to shine. Then, I used my Magic Wand and poked holes through the star and the halo. I wanted those sections to illuminate through my card. The EZ lights come with three separate lights, but I only had two spots that I wanted actually to light up on this card. So, I decided to make the star a little brighter and added two lights under that.

For the next step, I taped the battery pack down with invisible tape, and then just twisted my wires until the lights lined up with my holes, and then taped those down as well. This process was straightforward. I tested how they looked on the front and adjusted my hole sizes according to personal preference. Next, I added a double layer of foam tape to the back of my card panel. Making sure to have enough stability. Then, I placed it onto a slimline card base that was also 9″ x 4″.

I played with the sentiment and tried three different ideas until I finally found one I liked; the third time’s a charm! What I ended up doing was stamping my sentiment onto vellum. To adhere the vellum without the glue showing through the front, I gently lifted my card panel and slipped it under. Of course, I recommend doing this before you glue your card panel down!


I used the straw piece from Honey Bee Stamps’ “Barn Builder” die set for the straw under the manger. Also, I used Lawn Fawn’s “Push Here” stamp to direct the recipient to push the light.

I love how this light-up slimline card came out! EZ lights were really super easy to use! It was a lot of fun to create with the November Subscription Box again. I love all the products jammed packed into this month. The project ideas are literally endless! I will be back next week with some more inspiration. Until then, happy crafting!