Welcome to Tool Time Tuesday! Each week I focus on a tool that can be found in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  This week we’re going to talk about VersaMark, a watermark stamp pad (when you stamp on dark card stock, it leaves a darker image, like a watermark).

You can find many, many stamp pads in the catalog and it can be quite daunting trying to figure out which stamp pad to use when.  VersaMark is a staple in my craft room!

The VersaMark pad is sticky and when stamped, it’s clear.  You use it in the same way that you use other stamp pads, ink it up and stamp onto your paper but because of its stickiness, it’s perfect for use with embossing powder, which is the most common way to use it.

When embossing, it’s really important to rub an embossing buddy over your paper before stamping with VersaMark!!  Once you heat your paper, stray bits of embossing powder will leave a mark.  To emboss, simply stamp your image with VersaMark, pour embossing powder over it, shake off the excess and then heat it up with a heat tool.  In the first example below, I embossed a sentiment on black paper with white embossing powder.  

On this second example, I also embossed the sentiment but I also created a stamp resist.  I stamped all over Whisper White card stock with VersaMark.  I did the images one at a time – stamped, added embossing powder and then heated them only because you can’t see where you’ve stamped until you’ve heated it up! Then I took sponges and my regular ink pads and rubbed ink all over the paper.  The embossing resists the ink although you should rub a lint free rag over the top when you’re finished as I’ve found that some ink does adhere to the embossing. 

Another way to use VersaMark is to stamp your paper and then let it dry for that watermark effect.  The darker the paper, the more vivid it will be.

When you notice that the pad is a bit dry, just add drops of the refill to your pad.

As you can see, there are many wonderful things you can do with VersaMark!

Below you’ll find the products mentioned in today’s post.  To make a purchase, simply click any of the items and you’ll be directed to my Stampin’ Up! online store. 

Heat Tool