A New Life for an Art Deco Birthday Card

I'm sorry it's been so long since my last blog post.  I've collected so many wonderful finds over the past several weeks, I can't wait to get started on my new projects!

This paperweight design is all about finding beautiful, useful artwork on items you may otherwise overlook when you're rummaging through bins at the flea market.  Once you spend some purpose-driven time looking for items to display in your paperweights, you'll be surprised how quickly things will begin to catch your eye.

This birthday card was in a box of assorted greeting cards and other paper I purchased at the Long Beach Antique Market (Long Beach, CA) this winter.  This card is extraordinary because it features hand-painted flowers, a metallic gold banner, and an stunning ribbon in the most beautiful shade of blue. 

The photo above shows the artwork after it was attached to the paperweight kit's mounting board.  The mounting board is pre-cut to fit the Heirloom Rectangle paperweight.  Because the board is self-adhesive, no glue was needed.  The portions of the card that extended beyond the edge of the mounting board were trimmed off.

The only adhesive used for this project was a small amount of hot melt glue to attach the ribbon to the card.

Here's how the paperweight is assembled

Figure 2:  Place your artwork image-side down into the recessed area on the bottom of the paperweight.

Figure 3:  Cover the base of the paperweight with the pre-cut, self-adhesive bottom pad.  This piece is also included with each paperweight kit.


  1. I have been ordering these paper weights and love them. They make the best gifts ever, especially made with something that the person you are giving it too likes or a special memory .. I got in too late for the contest this time and I just fell in love with one you had pictured. But will try again....jaxmagnolia

  2. Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad to hear you're having fun making paperweights as gifts. You have until Monday at 4:00 P.M., PST, to enter our weekly giveaway. Enter each week for a chance to win.


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