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Monday, May 13, 2013

Kill Your Monday Blues with Hils Hints: Stamping 101 - Versatile Versamark


Versamark ink is one of my most used inks and, as the title suggests, is multi-functional.  

Made by Tsukineko, it is sold as a watermark ink pad, yet has quite a few more uses.  It differs from many inkpads in that it is transparent, and is also a little bit sticky – this means that mediums such as chalk, Perfect Pearls and embossing powder stick to your stamped image easily, giving great results.


Let’s look first as its main use, as a watermark stamp pad.  

Used by itself, it gives an image that is a little darker than the card or paper you are stamping on.  This makes it ideal for subtle background patterns, or for those times when you want an ink that is just a shade or two darker than your card, but don’t have the right colour.

Versamark Watermark Stamp Pad used as is
All you have to do is ink up your stamp with the Versamark ink, stamp, and then set the image with a heat gun. 

For an easy way of giving your images some colour and/or sparkle, again stamp with Versamark. Then lightly go over your image with chalks, Perfect Pearls, or similar dry mediums.  If you are a bit heavy-handed with your chalk, you can use a chalk eraser.  You don’t need to worry about this with Perfect Pearls, any that are not on the image simply brush off.  

Note that you do not need to set the image with a heat gun.  If you are concerned about the powders coming off, then you can set Perfect Pearls with a very fine mist of water, and chalk images can be protected with an artists’ fixative spray.

Chalk applied over Versamark Watermark Stamp
Perfect Pearls applied over Versamark Watermark Stamp
Versamark also comes in a pen format (especially handy for filling in bits of images that didn’t stamp properly), and with added dazzle, either as frost (silvery dazzle) or champagne (a light gold dazzle).



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