by Beate Johns

Another name for Versamark™ resist, this technique's not scary at all!


  • Glossy white cardstock
  • Versamark™
  • Stamps, Unity Stamps used here
  • Water based Ink, Faded Jeans Distress ink used here
  • Blending Tool, Sponge or Brayer


  1. Step 1

    Stamp images in Versamark™ on your glossy cardstock. Everything stamped in Versamark will resist the ink applied in the next step.

    The more you let the Versamark dry, the more defined your resist images will look like.

  2. Step 2

    Sponge ink over the cardstock.

  3. Continue to apply ink until the entire piece of cardstock is covered.

  4. Step 3

    Buff cardstock with piece of cloth of paper towel. The ink over your Versamark images will rub off.

    Your ghosted image is done. Use as main image or continue to Step 4.

  5. Step 4 (Optional)

    Stamp over your ghosted background.

  6. Step 5

    Finish your card.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Ghosting. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Hope I get time pretty soon to try this..thanks I just love it!
4cats lady  |  Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 12:57 PM
I love this look and it seems quite simple and really fun... the glossy card stock is the key thing here right... besides the Versamark.
My brain is a buzz with various looks, to try with this.
cynD  |  Sun Jan 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM
My customers already love the versamark pad I can't wait to show them this technique, they will flip! Thanks!
Kari  |  Tue Jan 22, 2008 at 8:13 PM
# Versamarkā„¢; what do you mean?

# Classic ink; what do you mean?
nina  |  Fri Feb 1, 2008 at 6:15 PM
This sounds interesting, but what is "classic ink"? Do you mean dye ink? Or do you mean permanent ink?

Debbie Fister  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 6:30 AM

Classic inks are Stampin' Up!'s dye inks. Definitely don't use permanent inks for this.
beate  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 7:08 AM
what kind of other inks can we use, not all of us can get su inks
nina  |  Wed Feb 6, 2008 at 1:08 PM
Love your site. Love your sharing. Beate -your tutorials are great! Can't wait to try this.
I have a lot of supplies I don't know how to use! Take classes but learn SO much here
Marge Kelly  |  Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 8:37 AM
Response to Nina: you can use any dye ink. Marvy ink, Jo-ann has their trade name. However, I would highly recommend SU ink.
Debbie  |  Wed Apr 30, 2008 at 10:46 AM
Also, Nina, Versamark is available in craft stores. It could also be called embossing ink or clear embossing ink.

It works on regular cardstock, too, not just glossy.
elissagilbert  |  Thu Aug 21, 2008 at 11:46 AM
I had a problem with the all over ink drying too fast. I could not buff it off - ending up looking patchy or streaky. Any suggestions?
Deb  |  Mon Sep 21, 2009 at 5:28 AM
I certainly enjoyed doing this, was looking for a technique beginning with G and this fitted the bill thank you
Veronica  |  Thu Jan 7, 2010 at 4:28 AM
I love this technique. However I hv tried hundred of times and failed. When I start roll my brayer on the cardstock, it appears to be stained. It was not blending the dye ink smoothly, resulting the background a disaster and the versamark stamping was totally covered by the dye ink. Please help.
Kathy  |  Fri Jun 24, 2011 at 5:18 AM
Recently I saw a card showing a ship on waves. The waves, I was told, were made from mixing the ink w/ shaving cream. Do you have a tutorial w/ this technique any where?
Bonnie  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 5:57 AM
Hi Bonnie - we do have a tutorial on that. You can find it HERE.
lydia  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 6:00 AM
Thank you for this tutorial, I do embossing with Versamark. It was interesting to read that with the ghosting technique, the longer it drys the better the image. Am I right to say that doesn't pertain to embossing? That you have to sprinkle the powder on while the Versamark is wet? Thank you.
I love all the tutorials. I especially love watching the videos, it seems more like hands on wink
Lisa  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 7:06 AM
Hi Lisa,

That is right. When you heat emboss, you need to apply the embossing powder over your stamped image while the ink is still wet so that it will stick.

Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 7:48 AM
Thank you so much. I can't wait to try a card w/ the shaving cream.
Bonnie  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 9:25 AM
I just tried the Ghosting technique and it worked! Am thrilled. Now I will make a card for BRAK!
Jeanne  |  Wed Aug 10, 2011 at 10:24 AM
Hi Beate,

Really enjoyed your tutorial and can't wait to get home from work and try it out.

Can I use also normal card stock or does it have to be glossy?


Tanya  |  Tue Nov 29, 2011 at 6:43 PM

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