Versamarker Pen

By Tracy Schultz

As a paper crafter, I often look for products that will take my cards to the next level. What’s even better is if that product is friendly to my wallet. Tsukineko’s Versamarker Pen is something you’ll want to add to your stash and I’m going to show you why.

The Versamarker Pen is exactly what it sounds like- a pen filled with everyone’s favorite watermark ink, Versamark. The pen has two sides, each with a different tip. One end is a brush tip for more artistic applications; the other end is a marker tip for line drawing.

The magic of Versamark ink itself is that it not only creates watermark and subtle tone-on-tone effects, but it also acts like an adhesive. You can use embossing powders over the ink. And with the Versamarker Pen, you can draw your own shapes or highlight certain areas of your design to emboss.

Cardstock: Papertrey Ink Kraft
Stamps: Fiskars Thank You (background), Papertrey Ink Birds of a Feather (sentiment)
Accessories: Versamarker Pen, nestabilities, white liquid pearls


  • Everyone’s favorite Versamark ink in a pen form
  • Two versatile tips for easy application
  • Inexpensive


  • Doesn’t work well on white cardstock
  • Can smear some inks

Originally, I purchased this pen to create shadows around my stamped images. But I soon realized it doesn’t work well on white cardstock. Even layering two or three applications results in only a slightly noticeable shadow around the image. You also have to be careful not to get too close to the stamped image’s ink because I found Versamark will smear it slightly.

Vellum paper embossed with Cuttlebug Lace Tree folder, then highlighted with the Versamarker Pen

Despite that, I’d still rate this pen an 8 out of 10. It’s versatile enough to be used on almost every project you make. And it’s inexpensive enough so that you won’t have to worry about saving up for it.

The Versamarker Pen can be found at Ellen Hutson, Create for Less, and Blockheads Paper Arts. It retails for $3.39.

Have any great tips on how to use the Versamarker Pen to embellish your projects? We’d love to hear!

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8 Responses to Versamarker Pen

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    Michelle September 2, 2008 at 6:33 pm #

    I had been wondering about this pen and with your review, I think I’ll pass. Thanks for the tip!

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    Tsoniki September 2, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    The versamark was one of the first paper crafting things I bought – I *love* it! I use it all the time!

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    Estivalia September 2, 2008 at 10:40 pm #

    I once read on a blog that you can use the Versamarker with the Color Spritzer tool from SU! to add a grungy effect to a background or adding little dots of glitter (combined with a heat activated glue powder).

    I haven’t tried myself, but I hope this tip helps someone 🙂

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    Anonymous September 4, 2008 at 12:51 pm #

    Your cards are lovely – such an elegant style. I’m confuzzled a little bit though… where on the first card did you use the Versamark?


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    whoistracy September 4, 2008 at 12:58 pm #

    Ann- I used the Versamarker Pen to fill in the tiny dots in the bottom half of the design.

    I hope that helps!

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    craftygurl September 4, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    I just bought this pen! thought it was a neat idea… pretty cheap and sweet… 🙂

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    Radiogirl September 5, 2008 at 10:12 am #

    I have this pen. I have not used it much, but my reason for buying it was to heat emboss using my handwriting.

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    Katie Renz September 5, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    I have one on the way! Great article Tracy.