VersaMark by Tsukineko has many uses. One great one is the ability to "resist" dye inks when stamped on glossy white paper. Confused? Don't be. This is a great technique that offers a world of stamping possilibities.
Resist means to push away, repel or oppose. In stamping lingo, this means you can preserve the color of the card stock with a stamped image, while the unstamped surface absorbs additional colors. In other words, once stamped, the properties of VersaMark allow it to "resist" additional colors when a second layer of dye ink color is either stamped or brayered on.
Let's jump right in to make it all clear.
To get started you will need VersaMark, glossy white card stock, Memories dye ink pads, a brayer to apply the ink, and your favorite stamps. Hero Arts Shadow Stamps make superb resist images. A single image can be the centerpiece of a card, while several make great backgrounds.
Prepare your work surface with several sheets of paper. Ink your rubber stamp with VersaMark ink and stamp onto glossy card stock. Once you have your images on your card, heat set the ink with a heat tool or let it dry until it looses it’s gloss or looks dry.
Next, ink a brayer with the color of choice making sure the brayer is well coated. Brayer over the image overlapping and applying pressure to assure good coverage of color. Re-ink the brayer as needed. The resist effect happens immediately. Let dry for a few minutes.
Trim and mount onto coordinating papers.
Be sure to clean brayer thoroughly with a mild detergent. A small dish with a mixture of water and cleaning solution works great for soaking as long as the inner roller of the brayer is not wood (warping occurs).
The Next Steps:
Once dry, additional images can be stamped over in a darker or contrasting ink giving a 3-D appearance. Color can be removed in areas to create a marbled look by using a soft damp cloth.
Multi color ink pads lend special effects and are outstanding for bright color blending. Solid or one color ink pads may be used for a more subtle look.