Happy Spring! ~~ Drawing the Circuit with Coundctive Ink Pen

Hi, Crafty friends! It's Nicorin here today.

Spring is coming. Some friends have hey fever, don't you? Me too. So spring is the very beautiful but snoozy season. LOL...

I have a project for sharing with you. Today's one is the spring card. An adorable bunny shows a flower banner. And some flowers are lit-up! And the silver line of the banner is drawn with the conductive ink pen. The line is the picture design and a circuit too!! Is it cool?


Circuit Scribe Conductive Ink Pen; this is the conductive ink pen, roller ball type pen. It is easy to draw a thin line. This ink has used for the printed circuit board. And some company has made for the drawing on the paper for the paper circuit. The conductivity greatly depends on the surface of the paper and the thickness of the line. It is a little tricky point for us.
Glossy Photo Paper; This is a very important material for this project. Conductive ink has used for printing the circuit. The conductivity of the line drawn with ink greatly depends on the paper. Glossy photo paper can bring the best performance of the ink. The ink can dry quickly and keep the behavior of conductive ink well on this paper. 
If you use this ink on the plain paper, you need to use a power supply to make light he LED around 9V. Because the resistance of the circuit itself is much. The cell battery has 3V power, so we need to keep good conductive in our circuit.

 By the way, I tried to make the circuit with this pen in same way of the copper tape. But I can't. It is a little tricky, but it can be. 
For your information, if you like to make the circuit on the plain paper with this pen for 3V power battery...
1) Make a very short length circuit. It can work about less than 2cm.;) It is good for making a very tiny project.
2) Make the line thick more than 5mm. But this ballpoint pen's advantage is a beautiful thin line. 
3)Use higher voltage power supply. Enough high voltage can beat the resistance and electricity can flow the LED.  Also, the kit of this pen has a 9V battery.

If you are interested in this experiment, please check my mime movie out!

And my conclusion ; 3) Using the glossy photo paper is the best way for the cardmaker, because the card is preferred thin and not big batteries. So we enjoy this pen advantage that is the thin beautiful line fully.

Conductive Fabric Tape Patches; for making a secure connection the battery and circuit
・Cell battery 3V ; CR1216(Sorry, the battery in the photo is CR2016)
・Lawn Fawn mushroom border

Making the Parts

・Die cut the bunny and the flower banner parts with the white paper and color these parts with Copic marker
・Assemble these parts
・Die cut the glass border part with a green paper

Drawing the Circuit

 TIPS; To make skipping of ink... make the low resistance circuit.
    Shake the pen if settled
    Make clean up the tip of the pen before starting to draw
    Slow speed drawing if the line is scratchy

・Set the place of battery the under of the bunny's head
・Make a secure connection of the battery and circuit with sticking directly the conductive fabric patch on the surface the battery
・Make the small gap for the switch on the way the circuit
・Make a switch with the fabric patch on the backside of the bunny
・Set on the LED sticker in the circuit
・Test the circuit if it works well

I share a movie, I extended the circuit the banner line one more.


・Stick the foam strips on the edge of the bunny's backside

・Set all parts on the circuit paper
・Color the sky with blue ink
・Stamp the sentiment

You can use this ink for designing the circuit both of the design and function.

We use the copper tape for the circuit usually. And the copper tape is so easy to use, thin, and it has very good conductive. These are very big advantages with the paper circuit and the papercraft.

On the other hand, there are many conductive materials. I show some materials here for you.

4; Pencil; the lead of pencil contains graphite. It is conductive!
5; Copper Tape
6; Aluminium Tape
7; Conductive Fabric Patch; Some conductive material is woven in these clothes, silver, stainless etc..
8; Conductive thread
9; Wire made of Aluminium, Stainless, Copper, etc....
10: Foil Paper ; from your kitchen!

You can find more in your house or classroom! Look for the conductive material and try out!

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a nice weekend!!

Yukiko I.        (Nicorin)