Thursday, September 28, 2006

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 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?

1 comment:

Joan said...

Wow. Great cards. I really like your blog!!