Sunday, August 15, 2010

Whiskey in the jar

Hey Hels, how about this???  In case you followers don't know my fabby English friend, Hels has a Sunday Stampers blog challenge that involves song titles.  This week (#116) she chose 'Whiskey in the Jar' or jars/bottles/alcohol.  I happen to know this title belongs to an old Irish folk song;  I've heard it played numerous times in British bars and pub sing-a-longs by famous and not-so-famous groups.

My piece started out as a 6" piece of scalloped chipboard that I found in the dollar section at Michaels a long time ago.  Trad tan (aren't you proud of me, Hels?) was painted around the edges then treated to a bit of brown distress ink that I quickly rubbed off, I only wanted it to have an antique look.  The gold paint dabber was run around the scalloped edges.

There are several versions to the song, depending on the artist and the locale but I chose this one, printed it on cardstock then put Tim's musical mask across it.  Being as how thie song is Irish, I chose several green distress inks to smear across the mask, edging it with a touch of brown

The bottle is Wendy's that I stamped onto a piece of plastic packaging, cut out and applied gold paint dabber to the cap (back side) and Sepia Accents mixed with brown reinker (painted on the back side) to give it the color of whiskey.  (Okay, DARK whiskey).  I printed out the word 'whiskey' and put it behind the label plate so it would look like one of those hanging signs that you see in a posh house on their liquor bottles. 

Just happened to have a miniature bottle of Jameson's Whiskey (Irish, natch!) so out came the label remover smelly stuff because I really wanted that label for this art piece.  The music note is a dimensional plastic sticker - lucky find in my stash. 

After creating a hanger from gold wire and adding a few scraps of ribbons, I think my interpretation of Hels' theme is pretty good for a Yank!


  1. Well this is just super! Love how cool it is!

  2. Love it!! I have had that bottle stamp and haven't used it yet!!

  3. Wow! This is really fantastic! I just love the masking and printing out the words to the song was brilliant. I love how you used the bottle! Fun!

  4. Perfect - sure Hels will love it, I certainly do, it's inspired.

  5. WOWZERS! you really put a lot of thought into this theme with amazing results and fantastic technique!

  6. YEs indeedily hun, I am very proud that you used trad tan.. isn't it the BEST!!! Thanks for joinin in with the challenge, loving your literal take on the theme, how utterly gorgeous your art is :O)) xx