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Old 10-08-2010, 10:03 PM
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Default VersaMark Watermark pad - how do you use it?

Someone recently asked me how to use the VersaMark watermark ink pad. I think every stamper should have this ink pad in their stamping "tool box".

I love this question because it makes me think outside of the "technique box." Let's brainstorm together....

1. Use it as an embossing pad.

2. "Watermark" stamping. "The VersaMark Watermark Inkpad features a clear translucent ink, which produces a stamped image slightly darker than the paper color creating a watermark effect." Stamp, then watch as the image darkens on the cardstock.

3. Batik Technique
http://www.rubberstampchat.net/showthread.php?t=3198

4. The Cracked Glass Technique
http://www.rubberstampchat.net/showthread.php?t=3639

What else? How do you use the VersaMark Watermark ink pad?
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i also use it for all my pigment powders..whether they have a binder or not...but my favorite is pearl - ex powders....i also use it for shadow stamping..yes..you did hear that right...you should try it...it works
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Chalk Popping: stamp your image with VersaMark. Use a cotton ball and rub gently on the chalk, then pounce over the VersaMark-ed image.

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I have this in my 'tool kit', but hardly ever use it. The idea of using it for watermark appeals to me as it seems like I am always running out of DP! I think I just need to make my own.
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Chalk Popping: stamp your image with VersaMark. Use a cotton ball and rub gently on the chalk, then over the VersaMark-ed image.
I've tried this a few times, but never can get it to work well. My images come out indistinct and muddy. Any tips?

Do you seal afterwards?
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I have used it to seal an atc. Basically embossing the whole card. If it's too windy/hot or damp outside to spray with my Krylons.

Also use it with UTEE on cards sometimes.
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I haven't done this technique in years, but talking about it makes me want to do it again!

I used bold stamps. Work quickly. Stamp with VersaMark. Pounce with chalk/pastels. When done, turn it over and flick the back to remove excess chalk/pastel. I have heard people say sealing isn't necessary -- just turn the project over face down on scrap paper and press the chalk into the paper. That hasn't worked for me. I think sealing with Krylon is a good idea.

I have seen art done with this technique and the artist used line stamps. It turned out lovely -- kind of a "dreamy" feeling.

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I've tried this a few times, but never can get it to work well. My images come out indistinct and muddy. Any tips?

Do you seal afterwards?

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I'll have to try it with bolder stamps. The ones that I've tried it with have had some fine lines. Thanks.
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Could someone supply us with some visuals?
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Did someone ask for visuals (AQ )?

I used Soft Pastels, but you can use the little chalk squares too. As you can see, the butterfly is a bold stamp; the pumpkin image is more of a line stamp. Also you can use a chalk eraser if you want to eliminate the chalk that goes beyond the image.

Edit: I am a teacher at heart, so I want to show you the mistake: the butterfly at the bottom. I RUBBED the chalk over the VersaMark instead of DABBING or POUNCING the chalk onto the VersaMark. The color isn't as bright and the image blurs when you rub. This ATC was headed for the trash so I stamped "sequin waste" over it for fun (stamp from Inka/Scroll Works).
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