Versatile Versamark

Versatile Versamark

I had a class on Monday and will have it again this coming Monday on Versamark ink. Here’s what we did and will do:

Poppin’ Pastels & Watermarking

For
Poppin’ Pastels, you stamp with Versamark and gently rub pastels (or
chalks) over the ink and it sticks! I like to use eye make-up
applicators for the most part; the little ones that come with our
pastels are great for detail images but they take forever to do bigger
areas. Sponge daubers also work but I find there is a tendency to press
down too hard and smear the Versamark. With an eye make-up applicator,
you can pick up a lot of pastel powder, so it’s fast, but you tend to
be gentler with it. The watermarking is just stamping with Versamark;
that is it’s original purpose…the ink will darken the color of the
cardstock behind it.

Versamark Resist

With
this technique, you stamp with Versamark on glossy paper, then brayer
over it with a color. The Versamark images will show up as white
(unless you brayer first with one color, stamp with Versamark and
brayer another color over that.)

Pearl Ex with Versamark

This
works the same as Poppin’ Pastels, but with Pearl Ex. I use a Swiffer
cloth to clean off the excess Pearl Ex…works like a charm. I usually
do not seal this unless it is something will get a lot of handling.
Then an acrylic spray sealer works well or simply hair-spray.

Cracked Glass

Stamp
the image, then cover completely with Versamark. Pour on Glassy Glaze
or Ultra-Thick Embossing Enamel and heat emboss. Add more Versamark and
more GG until you have three layers on the piece. Then cool it off; you
can either let it sit for a while or you can stick it in your freezer
to speed things up. Then you gently bend the cardstock and the coating
will crack. If you aren’t getting cracking, you either didn’t put
enough GG on and need to add another layer, or it isn’t brittle enough
yet. If you crack it too much, you can always remelt the glaze and do
it over again.

I know some of you are saying to yourself, "Why
is Cracked Glass a Versamark technique?" Because you need a clear
embossing ink to do it and Versamark is perfect for that. So many
embossing pads are tinted so you can see where you stamped and that
works fine when you are using colored embossing powders, but the
tinting does not go away after you emboss, so if you use clear EP with
a tinted pad, you are still going to see the tint. Either you need a
non-tinted embossing ink pad or you just use your handy Versamark.
Stampin’ Up! doesn’t even carry the Top Boss pad anymore, I guess
because whenever anybody wants to emboss they grab the Versamark pad or
their Encore or craft inks.

I’ve wanted to do this technique in
a class for a long time, but it is VERY messy. The Glassy Glaze or UTEE
has bigger grains, so it has a harder time sticking to whatever you are
using as ink and it blows all over the place. Plus you have to go
through a lot of the EP to get just one card, so if you are a
demonstrator, you might consider going to one of those craft stores we
don’t like to talk about and buying a big jar of that other brand.

My
upline’s meeting was last night and they all liked the Smackin’ Acetate
card I did for my Watercolor FX class and wanted to learn how, so here
is the new version (since Bud Basics was in the Summer Mini.)

And
this is my swap for the meething, which was a fall theme. I had gotten
one of these cards from the Control Freaks swap from Vicki Maduzia;
it’s called a "donut" card because of the hole. Hers was in Basic Black
and Cool Caribbean, mine is Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, and Pumpkin
Pie. I made mine a tad bigger and decided to put the word "Fall" in
there to increase the fall theme. I have a stamp that says "Happy Fall
Days" so using Happy Everything was a great fit with Big Deal Alphabet.
And I put some ribbon on mine. I really love the Flannel Plaid
background, don’t you?

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