Friday, July 31, 2009

VersaMark Ink and Chalk

There is a craze in adding color to your card creations that combines two great mediums for a totally new look: VersaMark and Chalk. This great combo gives you wonderfully rich colors in a reasonably short time and is an easy technique.

Ink your image or images with the VersaMark pad. Be sure your stamp is clean before starting. Heat set your image with your heat gun otherwise your image will smear. Use make-up sponges, cotton balls, q-tips, paper towels or the gray tips with the Colorbox Stylus Tool – whatever is easiest for you to get chalk on the card as your applicator.

Begin by rubbing your applicator onto the chalk block then rub it on your cardstock. Start with the lightest color and keep working to the darker shade ... this saves you from having to get another applicator quite so often.

Keep adding chalk to your cardstock in circles, diagonals, blotches, streaks or smears until you like the effect. As you add chalk, the VersaMark image will become more vivid in the color of the chalk you are using and the non- stamped part of the image will have a soft color look to it. Go to another color and repeat. The chalks will overlap on the image and start to give stamp a great ‘blended’ look. Do this with a variety of colors until you achieve your desired result.

As a finishing note, chalk can be messy and can come off the image. The chalk companies recommend you seal your final product. Cheap aerosol hairspray works fine.

The cool thing about this is – say you put down green in a spot and you don’t want green there. No problem – just rub another color (purple f or example) over it. Viola! Your color is now purple!

Chalk Popping

From the Decorating Chalk Palette, pick up #1 yellow with a Colorbox stylus tip. Using the DTP technique, apply to a piece of white 4” x 21/2” cardstock.

Wipe the stylus tip clean and repeat with chalk color #13 Magenta.

With a clean tip, lastly apply #12 Violet.

Without adding any other more chalk color, rub your colors into the cardstock with the stylus tip or if you like the looks of the colors, just leave it.

Ink the Magenta rose stamp #09.145.K page 144 with VersaMark. Stamp in the center of the background that you just created. Heat set with a heat gun or let air dry completely.

With a sponge q-tip, apply chalk color #17 green to the leaves. Apply #12 Violet to the roses. Set aside

Apply #12 violet chalk to the front of 41/4” x 51/2” white card.

Using Vivid lavender ink, stamp the edges of the card with the Magenta dot stamp #18.086.E page 233. Set aside.

Cut white cardstock 45/8” x 3”. Chalk the edges with the Stylus tip and #12 Violet. Punch with a corner slot punch. Insert rose. (To line up any corner slot punch, make sure your cardstock is ½” longer and ½” wider than your image that you want to insert, however, the punch I am using
seems to require a bit more in length). Spray with cheap hairspray to seal the colors.

Glue to the card. Spray with gold glitter.
On the Just a Note card, I simply swiped the chalk colors across the entire image.
First taught this class January 23, 2002.


  1. Thanks for this technique! This is the first I've heard of it. I'm bookmarking this post for future reference. ;-)

  2. And the best part ??? It is soooo quick to do!


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