Faux Quilt Candle Card

by Dina Kowal

Make a birthday card inspired by a quilting pattern and technique.


  • White cardstock, or other solid color
  • Cardstock scraps, coordinated variety, at least 3” x 5”
  • Yellow cardstock scraps
  • Adhesive label sheets or paper and adhesive for base
  • Ruler and craft knife, paper trimmer
  • Leaf die (Spellbinders Daisy Heads die set used here (discontinued))
  • Liner pen
  • Adhesive
  • Other supplies as needed to complete the project (Spellbinders products used here: Small Die of the Month Club kit Dec. 2019 - Our Favorite Font Sentiment, Everyday Sentiments II Glimmer Hot Foil Plate, gold foil, Gemini Junior and Foilpress, Large Die of the Month Club kit Apr. 19 For You Gift Card Holder, banner die from Glimmer Club Kit Nov. 2019 - Shimmering Merry Christmas Sentiments; foam tape, A Colorful Life Designs Big Rays stencil, blender brush, Antique Linen Distress Ink, Scor-Buddy, ball stylus)


  1. Step 1

    Choose four coordinating scraps of colored and/or patterned cardstock, at least 3” x 5” each.

  2. Choose four coordinating pieces of white (or other solid color) cardstock. For the sample, a full sheet of cardstock was cut into 4 strips, each 2 3/4" x 8 1/2”.

  3. Step 2

    Cut a label sheet into four A2 panels (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"). Lay a white cardstock panel across the top of one of the label sheets at a slight angle.

  4. Align one of the pieces of cardstock with the bottom edge of the white cardstock. The label sheet should be mostly covered. There will be some overhang on all sides.

  5. Step 3

    Flip the sheet over. Using a paper trimmer or craft knife and ruler, cut along the edge of the label sheet to create a straight edge.

  6. Cut across the panel at 1” increments to create 4 strips of equal width.

  7. Step 4

    Here are the first four strips - these will become the candles on the card.

  8. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the remaining label sheets and cardstock. This will yield 16 strips.

  9. Step 5

    Cut another label sheet to size for a card front. The sample here is cut to 4” x 8” (later trimmed down to 3 1/2"). Line the strips from one side to the other, staggering them slightly up and down with the cut ‘seam’ generally in the middle.

  10. Continue across the panel until it is full. The ends of the strips will extend past the top and bottom edges.

  11. Step 6

    Trim off the overhanging ends to the desired size of the card panel.

  12. Step 7

    Use a leaf die to cut flames from yellow paper scraps, one for each candle on your panel.

  13. Glue a flame above each candle. Use a pen or pencil to draw a short wick connecting each candle to the flame.

  14. Step 8

    Embellish the card as desired.

  15. Step 9

    Complete the project.



  1. Try different card sizes and orientations.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Faux Quilt Candle Card. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Dina...this is so cute and what a way to create a myriad of cards in a creating session! Great way to use up scraps, too! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 4:03 AM
I love this! What a fun way to make happy and colorful birthday cards. Come to think of it, this would make cute Christmas cards too!
creatingincolors  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 4:52 AM
I wondered where the card fold was; I didn't see one.
daisydoit  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 7:09 AM
They're top folds. smile
dina  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 7:18 AM
Oh, of course. How about the 4 x 8 one? Also a top fold?
daisydoit  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 7:23 AM
It is!
dina  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 7:27 AM
I found the directions difficult to understand. That has never happened before with splitcoast, usually the directions are easy to understand.
Jstfrmnita  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 11:24 AM
I hope the video clears up any questions you might have!
dina  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 12:20 PM
Thank you, Dini. I love this card and the design alternatives you've presented. I wish you lived next door!!!!
wegret  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 1:12 PM
Very cute. Love using a leaf die for flame! I would run through embossing folder so it looks more quilted, like in A2 card. Video really made things more clear. Thanks!
debable  |  Wed Jun 10, 2020 at 2:47 PM
too cute! like the embossing on the smaller ones too!
Conniecrafter  |  Fri Jun 12, 2020 at 8:39 AM
Another great video and sweet CAS cards! Great way to use a variety of scraps! Thanks for sharing your creativity! Hugs and love! xoxo
CherylQuilts  |  Tue Jun 16, 2020 at 12:02 PM
Love the simple idea
jnsarna  |  Wed Jul 22, 2020 at 12:14 PM

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