Friday, 19 June 2015

Vintage Powder Compact for PaperArtsy Hidden Things Challenge


On the PaperArtsy blog the theme is 'Hidden Things'. This really inspired me and I have loads of ideas but not enough time! The idea I would have done for their blog if I hadn't done the Russian nesting dolls was a vintage compact. You know how they used to have a hidden section which clicked open, to keep the powder puff separate from the powder. I thought that would be perfect for a little hidden image once I had got rid of all the powder and stuff, and it could then be a handbag mirror, with a vintage feel.

Here are some photos of the brass compact I bought on ebay which is extremely tarnished.
The front has a pretty rose design but you can hardly make it out so I sat in the garden and spent half an hour rubbing it with Treasure Gold in Brass.

This is the front of the compact after the Treasure Gold treatment.

Under the hidden flap is one of the beautiful Liz Borer designs. I embossed it onto cardstock painted with Nougat and then painted it with Frescos. Then I covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents. I am entering this into the PaperArtsy challenge 'Hidden Things'.




  1. What a wonderful idea - and a beautiful enhancement of that gorgeous compact.
    Alison xx

  2. This is so beautiful, an inspired upcycle x

  3. This is such a great idea, Lucy. The Liz Borer design fits so well, as the whole make has a kind of elegant 'Art Deco' feel to it. This will make such a beautiful handbag mirror. xxx

  4. I agree with Julie Ann, the Art Deco image is perfect. The TG treatment to the front looks amazing. What a transformation! Great idea Lucy.

    Lesley Xx

  5. Brilliant idea! You've chosen your image very well too and this is truly a hidden gem!

  6. Beautiful! The TG really brought it to life! X