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Old 10-20-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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Default Has Anyone Tried American Crafts Chromatix Marker Set? Are They Like Copics?

I saw a really good deal (at least I think that it's a good deal) on a set of 30 alcohol-based markers by American Crafts. I saw the set for $55 and that included shipping. I've been interested in learning to use Copics but I haven't been willing to invest the $$ in getting them because I feel like I'd need to buy a whole bunch to be able to make anything look decent.

So I guess my long-winded question is, has anyone tried the American Crafts version? The description/use sounds very similar to Copics and it claims that this set gives you enough to get started. I can't seem to find any reviews of them online so I thought that I'd check here to see if anyone had tried them.

Thanks for the info!
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Well, I couldn't help myself...I bought the set. If anyone else is interested, this is where I found it: Crafty Steals: A Scrapbook and Paper Craft Deal of the Day Website

The set is listed for $54.99 plus $5.90 to ship by Priority Mail. I found a coupon code for 10% off one item and that worked for me. It brought the price down to $53.39 and that included shipping. The coupon code is: csemail

I'll try to remember to come back and give you an update on how I like them once I get them and give them a try. But I'm still interested to hear from others who've tried them.

Thanks!
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Old 10-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #3
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What a great deal - I will be watching for your report!!!!
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I bought the solvent marker. Just to see how well it would blend with the Copic Makers.

It work's pretty well. I haven't tried any of the other ones. So I'm no help to you on that.
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Thought that I'd post a quick update. I got my marker set today, I played with a couple of the colors and the markers seem to apply an even color (no brushstroke sort-of look that I get when I use my SU markers) throughout and they seem to blend well with the blender pen. I've only got Stampin Up paper and the markers seemed to work fine on the Very Vanilla scrap that I was coloring on. They did bleed through, but I didn't see any pilling or fuzzy stuff where I colored and blended. I didn't do a ton of coloring in any area, so I may have a different result when I try to color a larger image.

American Crafts doesn't have nearly the number of colors that you can find in Copic markers. It looks like they've got 15 color "groups" and each group has 3 shades. They label theirs so that people like me who are color and technique challenged can easily figure this out ...each color group has a #1, #2 & #3 marker (for example skin tone 1, skin tone 2, and skin tone 3). #1 is the lightest, #2 is medium and #3 is the darkest shade.

The 30 piece set that I bought has markers #1 and #3 in 13 of the color groups (bubblegum, rouge, flamingo, skin tones, grape, sapphire, marine, evergreen, grass, honeycomb, mango, apricot & chestnut). It also includes one stone (off-white), one black and 2 blender pens. Thought I'd post this info in case anyone else was wondering because I wasn't able to find the color list for the set anywhere online.

I have never tried Copics, so I can't really compare but I'm happy with the set so far. I'll try to play a little more in the next week or so and drop back with another update. I need to get my Memento ink pad and practice a bit before I post any examples.
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I have a couple of sets and I think they worked well. I haven't played with them a whole lot, but I did like the way thy colored and thy blended pretty well. I liked the fact tht they were sold as a trio and bottom line, I would buy more.
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I just bought this set! I was wonder the same things in your first questions. Thanks for the post! I'm totally Copic challenged and don't want to invest the $$ either but I do want to color just a little here and there! Thanks for the review!
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I just bought this set! I was wonder the same things in your first questions. Thanks for the post! I'm totally Copic challenged and don't want to invest the $$ either but I do want to color just a little here and there! Thanks for the review!
Hope that you like them! I've only had time to play a little with my set. I did color one card with them and I have it posted in my gallery here: HYCCT1231 A Walk in the Woods by amyk3868 - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

I need to practice a lot more! But I did find them easy to use and color with. Enjoy your new set!
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Hi Amy! So, I got the markers and I LOVE them. They blend so nice (I'm a novice, so nice to me). BUT my ink is bleeding. I've used Memento, heat set it and my image bleeds big time. I tried Staz On too, it sort of bleeds but is MUCH better. What ink do you use?? Thanks in advance, Melissa
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Hi Amy! So, I got the markers and I LOVE them. They blend so nice (I'm a novice, so nice to me). BUT my ink is bleeding. I've used Memento, heat set it and my image bleeds big time. I tried Staz On too, it sort of bleeds but is MUCH better. What ink do you use?? Thanks in advance, Melissa
I had good luck with Memento ink not bleeding. What type of paper are you using? I'm wondering if it's a paper issue. I know that some papers don't agree with the alcohol markers very well. So far I've only used Stampin' Up Whisper White paper with Memento ink. The markers have bled through the back of the paper for me, but I've never had problems with the images.

Don't know if it will help you, but here is a link to the Copic FAQ thread. There is a lot of information about how to use the markers and what types of ink and paper to use.

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Hope that you can get them to work for you. I've only played with mine a few times so I'm far from an expert.
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Thanks, Amy. After consulting with some twitter peeps, it was made clear that I was doing something wrong! LOL. Because I was using Memento and Neenah solar white paper (the ideal alcohol based coloring combo). Someone asked if the ink was dry and I said yes, I even heat set the darn ink! Well guess what? I wasn't heat setting the ink LONG enough! I just kept stamping and coloring and stamping and coloring and eventually the ink didn't bleed. Weird. I mean the ink needs to be really, really dry!

Thanks for your help! Oh, and I've heard from the Copic coloring people that the marker ink bleeding to the back of your paper means the colors are blending and you're doing it right!
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Thanks, Amy. After consulting with some twitter peeps, it was made clear that I was doing something wrong! LOL. Because I was using Memento and Neenah solar white paper (the ideal alcohol based coloring combo). Someone asked if the ink was dry and I said yes, I even heat set the darn ink! Well guess what? I wasn't heat setting the ink LONG enough! I just kept stamping and coloring and stamping and coloring and eventually the ink didn't bleed. Weird. I mean the ink needs to be really, really dry!

Thanks for your help! Oh, and I've heard from the Copic coloring people that the marker ink bleeding to the back of your paper means the colors are blending and you're doing it right!
Cool! Glad to know that I was coloring the right way. And glad that you were able to get your markers to work the right way too! Have fun coloring!
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I know this is an old thread - but in today's paper (12/1/13) there is an ad for Tuesday Morning, the 30 market set of Chromatix is $19.99 -- I plan to get a set to supplement the other alcohol markers I have.
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