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***Description*** This a Large Versamark Watermark stamp pad by Tsukineko. It is used by crafters for a variety of effects including stamping a watermark type image onto paper or card for subtle images as it creates a translucent effect in a tone on tone colour. It slightly darkens the product that you are stamping on. It is water based, meaning you can wash it off your fingers etc easily and is also archival quality & acid free. Archival quality means that it will not fade over time, and acid free means that it will not effect materials it touches. This is very important to some crafters. It is also used widely for embossing purposes. It measures about 6cm by 9cm. ***Price*** It retails at around £6, although can often be found for sale at online craft shops for around £5. I paid £5.25 for mine several years ago from an online scrapbook shop. ***Why i bought this*** Like most of my craft purchases i expect i read about this product in a magazine and decided i 'needed' it so went ahead and bought it. I am a scrapbooker, and love to buy myself new products as a treat. ***My Verdict*** I have probably only used it 10 or 15 times since buying it several times, so from that point of view it probably wasnt a very good purchase. However i dont think there is another product to do the same job and as a avid scrapbooker i would class it as something of a must have item amongst the many other coloured inks. I am very pleased that each time i get it out to be used it is still nice juicy and doesnt seem to be drying up at all. Its perfect for using with emossing powders, which is how i mainly use it. It gives a nice clean image with lots of details. Its also great for using with background stamps when you just want to give a subtle effect to plain cardstock. Its fun to use it with clear embossing powder to create some great effects. ***Would i buy it again*** I probably would have ended up buying it at some point as it is quite a basic 'tool' for a paper crafter, but as i havent used it very often i could probably manage without it. If you do a lot of embossing its great.
I love stamping and heat embossing and frequently use these techniques especially on cards and scrapbook pages. The Versamark Watermark ink pad with a clear translucent ink for stamping. It can be used alone creating a watermark effect or with embossing powders, chalks and lustre powders and more. I use my Watermark Ink Pad primarily for heating embossing. I stamp my chosen design add coloured or clear or even glittered embossing powder and then heat with a heat gun to create a glossy raised embossed effect. This looks stunning on card and scrapbook pages. Another way I like to use my Watermark ink pad to stamp patterns to create backgrounds. The effects from a watermark ink pad are very subtle and show up slightly darker than the background stamped upon. You can also add chalks or lustre powders onto the watermark design ensuring you brush or shake off the excess. You do need to make sure you put the lid back down properly after use to ensure the inkpad does not dry out. It is also very important to make sure any stamps that you use are properly clean so that you do not mark your ink pad. Versamark Watermark Ink pads are widely available from craft shops and online and cost around £5. I find that my ink pad last ages, even with very regular use. However you can buy you can buy refills for the ink pads when needed. The Watermark Ink pad with stamps and chalks or lustre powders would be a great craft activity for children who would have great fun creating masterpieces. The worst they would encounter would be sticky, chalky hands! Versamark also make a Watermark pen used in the same way which children could use freehand to draw and then use the chalk or lustre powders with. I love my Watermark Ink pad they are so versatile and can be used to create a range of beautiful effects. I find that an Ink pad lasts a long time even with regular use and highly recommend this. This review also appears on CIAO under the same username.