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7 Reasons Why Every Stamper Should Be Using VersaMark

VersaMark ink is a “versa”-tile staple all stampers should have on hand. It is known as a watermark ink because when stamped on cardstock, it leaves behind a subtle yet slightly darker image, like a watermark. If used on light cardstock, the resulting image will be quite light while the results when used on darker cardstock are darker, more vivid.

Collage of samples made with VersaMark inkVersaMark ink is clear so stamps should be squeaky clean. If a bit of ink transfers from a stamp onto the ink pad, it may stain the pad, but it will still work. There is a chance, however, that the ink will transfer back to a stamp and onto paper. Where no color is expected, a shadow of errant color may appear. Sometimes this is not a problem but there may be instances where no color is required (i.e. clear embossing on white).

Versamark with refill

VersaMark is available in an ink pad as well as marker form. The marker is double-tipped with a brush end for coloring/embossing larger areas and a fine tip for adding smaller detail. The marker can also be used to correct mistakes where embossing powder may not have covered an area completely. Simply touch-up with the pen, add a bit more embossing powder and heat set. 

How to use VersaMark ink

There are many techniques using VersaMark ink. I’ve included seven below ranging from very simple to a bit more complex. 

Stamping with VersaMark ink

1. The basic watermark

One of the most common uses of VersaMark is creating a watermark. In the photo above, the stamp was inked with VersaMark and stamped onto the olive cardstock. 

Embossed watermark

2. The embossed watermark

Since VersaMark is clear and sticky, it is perfect for use with embossing powder. To achieve a darker watermark, stamp image in VersaMark, then clear emboss. I recommend using a powder pouch or powder tool over the cardstock before stamping to ensure the embossing powder sticks only where wanted. Stray dots of clear embossing powder will show once heated.

Emboss in any color using VersaMark

3. A rainbow of (embossed) colors

Because VersaMark is clear, it is perfect for embossing using any color of powder. Liberally pounce powder pouch or tool over the area, stamp image or sentiment in VersaMark ink, sprinkle colored embossing powder over and set with heat gun.

VersaMark resist

4. VersaMark Resist

Resist areas are achieved by stamping VersaMark and allowing just a minute or two of dry time. Once dried, colored inks can be brayered, daubed or sponged over the VersaMark areas. For a more vivid resist, clear emboss before adding colored ink. Once the color is added, use a paper towel or baby wipe to remove ink that is lying atop the VersaMark areas to reveal the white cardstock beneath.

On the sample above, I used glossy cardstock. The same technique can be used on regular/uncoated paper.

Resist with Color

5. Resist with color

On the sample above, I used the same resist technique but stamped with VersaMark onto colored cardstock instead of white. I clear embossed with matte embossing powder (not shiny), then sponged on distress ink. The bottom portion of the cardstock is simply embossed with the top half sponged over with distress ink, creating two different looks.

Poppin' Pastels (with eye shadow)

6. Poppin’ Pastels (or eye shadow)

With the Poppin’ Pastels technique, VersaMark is stamped onto cardstock and pastels are lightly brushed or daubed over the sticky ink to reveal the design.

I could not find my pastels so I used eye shadow with identical results. I used a cotton swab to add color, then used a clean cotton swab to remove a bit of the extra powder from around the image. Once completed, I wiped my finger across the powdered design and it did not smear. I recommend adding color very lightly at first until the design is visible, then add darker colors where desired. It’s a fun technique!

Emboss with shadow

7. Emboss with shadow

Dimension and shadow can be created by stamping an image or sentiment in dark ink, then embossing white slightly offset from the original.

To achieve the look above, stamp an image in dark brown ink. Use a stamp positioner (i.e. Stamp-a-ma-jig) to determine the placement of a second, slightly offset impression. With stamp positioner still in place, pounce powder tool over the entire image then stamp the second impression using VersaMark. White emboss then sponge over with a lighter ink to make the image pop.

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11 Comments

Conniecrafter

wonderful examples of all these techniques!

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kathy

Thank you for the great ideas of using versa mark. For new card makers this is great.

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Vigdis

This was great! Please can you tell me where to buy the big rubberstamps?
// Vigdis

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Michele Boyer

Thank you!

The large background stamps I used here are from My Favorite Things (mftstamps.com).

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wendy cheung

I used Versa Mark but didn’t get the results wanted…. Can you help ? I didn’t use cardstock but used 90 lb watercolor paper…However, I didn’t use watercolor as my paint but just use color pencil to color the water color item….Thereafter, I dab Versa Mark pad onto the area followed by pouring clear embossing powder on the area (used Versa Mark so that the embossing powder will stick to an area which originally is dry)… After shaking off the excess embossing powder, I “cook” the area by applying heat… I expect an embossed effect but didn’t get any…

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nhi

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Vicki B

I’m not understanding what you mean about pouncing the “powder tool” over the entire image. Not sure what a powder tool is for one thing.

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K

a powder tool is a small bag of anti-static powder that is tapped (pounced) over the area to be embossed. I t keeps the embossing powder from clinging (due to static or dampness) in areas it isn’t wanted. You should be able to purchase one where ever you buy stamping supplies.

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Nancy Kenny Monahan

Hey Vicki, I thought I would add that for those who do not have an anti static powder tool, they could simply take an old paint brush, dab it in talcum powder or even cornstarch and ‘pounce’ over the image to be embossed. You could also easily make your own powder bag…just Google ‘DIY anti static powder bag’. Hope this helps and happy crafting everyone!

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