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Old 04-08-2013, 08:27 AM   #1
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Does anyone know how to use Tombow markers with digi stamps? My images always bleed. I don't want to invest in Copics and I have a new HP printer so a new printer is out of the question. Is there some tip to coloring these?
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Old 04-08-2013, 09:56 AM   #2
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Inkjet printers will bleed. It has to be a laser printer as far as I know.
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Old 04-08-2013, 06:00 PM   #3
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Water based markers will always bleed with inkjet printer ink. I am not aware of any tips to avoid that because they just don't play well together Alcohol markers (like Copics) are your best bet. I understand you don't want to invest in those. Spectrum Noir is a brand of markers that would work well that you might want to check out if you plan to do alot of coloring of digi images. Here is the link:

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If you are quick, when you have printed the digi image, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat emboss, this should work too. You do have to be ready with the powder immediately as the ink dries quickly.

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Thanks everyone for the helpful tips....going to try the embossing powder and see how speedy I can be!
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Hi Sue did you try it and did it work ?

I hope so ,,, :-/

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Sad to say embossing didn't work....the ink dried way too fast even on a small image. Guess I'll stick to regular stamping and give up on digi. At least the ones I wanted to color. Maybe some day I'll get a lazer printer but my printer right now is brand new and an HP e station which my husband is not willing to let go! LOL Thanks for the help!
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Sue, a bit troublesome but you can get some great results...

Print your digi then trace it and colour it in.

You can get edgeless effects which look quite realistic or ink in over the lines after you have coloured.

I haven't any alcohol markers yet but one of the girls should be able to tell you if it is safe to use pencil to trace.

And, if you don't have a light table either use a glass chopping board lifted up, with a light source underneath or tape everything to a window.
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I use an inkjet printer all the time with my digi stamps with very little problem. I colour with pro markers. I am a bit careful if it is a fresh print not to drag away from the printed line with the pen and I tend to dot along the lines on the face as that seems to be the place where any smears show. Don't give up too soon, it's good relaxation.
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Hi sue have you tried investing in a embossing pen at all. all you do is print your digi as normal and then draw over the lines with the pen, add powder of your choice and heat as normal. My best tip is print your digi in draft so stamp is faintthen you cannot see big black lines if you make a 'variation' lol. Plus in draft you then have an option to change the outline colour. Hope this helps
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I have never tried this, because I don't use water based markers to color, but... I have read that you can use a spray fixative to seal the printer ink and keep it from smearing. The product I saw recommended was Krylon Workable Fixatif.

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Does anyone know how to use Tombow markers with digi stamps? My images always bleed. I don't want to invest in Copics and I have a new HP printer so a new printer is out of the question. Is there some tip to coloring these?
Sometimes it is easier and cheaper to bite the bullet and get the printer.

I have two printers, an inkjet for photos which was pretty expensive, and a really cheap ($50) laser that I use for every day and digis. Both are permanently connected to my PC.

The inkjet is a multi-function/scanner thingy and honestly, I hardly use it because it costs so much more for ink.

The laser is cheaper to run and faster to print multiples, plus the image quality is better for documents. It can't be networked (hey! it cost $50!) but I'm the one that prints the most anyway.

If you think about how much you could spend on embossing pens, powders, different colouring mediums, might be smarter to go with the printer and just use the cheaper overall running cost to justify it to hubby.
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