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Old 11-15-2012, 08:04 AM   #121
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Has anyone else had this problem - the lighter color pens seem to be drier? I have bought 4 packs of the various colors. When I tested the pens fine point end, the lighter colors needed more strokes to color an area. I took a set back to the store because the black barely showed when using the fine point. I have the Purple and Blue sets and all of the lighter shades seem drier. The broad (chisel) point leaves more color and seem 'juicer'.
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Old 11-15-2012, 08:54 AM   #122
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:05 AM   #123
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Has anyone else had this problem - the lighter color pens seem to be drier? I have bought 4 packs of the various colors. When I tested the pens fine point end, the lighter colors needed more strokes to color an area. I took a set back to the store because the black barely showed when using the fine point. I have the Purple and Blue sets and all of the lighter shades seem drier. The broad (chisel) point leaves more color and seem 'juicer'.
I only had 1 pack that was on the dry side.The Green set. I am in the process of exchanging it. Everything else seams to be good.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:32 PM   #124
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I now have the 72 original markers and my organizer and have finally had some time to play with it all. I'm a little nuts about colors matching, so the first thing I did was make myself a color chart.

spectrum noir color chart by happy-stamper - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers

I just made a table with the same number of rows and columns as the storage rack. That way the color chart matches up with the way the markers are arranged in the rack so I can find the one I want quickly.

I also colored my first image with more than just the turquoise markers. Definitely more fun with more colors! I used the Georgia Pacific cs and Memento ink. I didn't have any trouble with bleeding this time, but it's a larger image so I could outline each area and then avoid blending too close to the edge and getting it too juicy. I was pretty happy with the blending between the pink and blue, but not so sure about the tans for the ground below the bird. Here's the card if you want to take a peek:
happy newsprint bird by happy-stamper - Cards and Paper Crafts at Splitcoaststampers
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Old 11-16-2012, 01:51 PM   #125
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I just got my Spectrum Noir markers. I've only made one card so far, but I think I'm going to really, really like the. The color goes on so so smooth. Of course it will take more practice to get my blending perfected. I'm a little over the top too "happy-stamper" with my colors matching, so that will take a little time as well to figure tha all out. I started out with the 72 colors and I alread want the rest. So I think I will put little bugs in the ears of my DH and DD's for Christmas But any who...............I would recommend these to anyone for purchase. (And I don't think the caps come off any harder than any other marker either).
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:57 AM   #126
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Hello, My name is Jennie Black from Crafter's Companion. I have a few things that might help you with light markers. We have done some major testing on the products when we get a comment such as this. We found that many of the lighter markers are in fact wet, but the colorist cannot see the very pastel color. For instance a BT1 is extremely pale - great for a soft sky background, however some people cannot see the very pale blue. If in fact your markers are "dry" then please contact me by email or call Crafter's Companion, we will help you on an individual basis and I am sure you will be pleased with the results! Thanks Jennie Black
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Old 11-17-2012, 07:59 AM   #127
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Georgia Pacific cardstock is sometimes too soft for colorists. If you have a excessive bleeding, give one of the other cardstocks that are recommended for alcohol markers a try. There are several on the market, Gina K makes a nice one, Crafter's Companion the maker of the Spectrum Noir markers has one that is awesome, Copic Xpress paper works great too. try one of these for less bleeding.
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Old 11-17-2012, 08:47 AM   #128
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Thank you for your response re: dry markers.

The first marker that I tried that was dry was a black one. I have since returned it to the store where the pack was purchase and was able to exchange it. (Returned all the pens and just did a straight exchange)

I use Neenah Solar White for my alcohol markers. I think I just need to practice in order to get the right touch. I use Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp the image.
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Old 11-18-2012, 03:03 AM   #129
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Yes thank you Jennie,
Mine were on darker shades as well and has that dry sound on paper even.
One of these days I do plan to try a better paper but for now I'm using up what I have (the G.P) and I'm just careful and have been doing ok with it so far.
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I went to a friend's house to compare...she has Copic, I spectrum, yes I bought them all. There was no difference that I could see. In fact some of the colors were exactly the same, side by side. I posted my color samples on my blog, Sundaystamper Papercrafts
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I went to a friend's house to compare...she has Copic, I spectrum, yes I bought them all. There was no difference that I could see. In fact some of the colors were exactly the same, side by side. I posted my color samples on my blog, Sundaystamper Papercrafts
AND in my gallery here at Splitcoast!
I have quite a few of the Spectrum markers, and I agree with you. The nibs are firmer, but that is not a drawback for me at all. Sometimes the brush tips on the Copics make me get out of the lines, lol.

I think they are a great bargain and a fine product.
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Well, I've been experimenting with using different papers and it definitely makes a big difference!
Someone (who shall remain nameless) was so kind and sent me samples of a couple of kinds of cs to try in addition to what I already had.

GP cs from Walmart -- bled way too much. Great for prisma pencils, not spectrum noir!
Copic XPress -- super smooth, great blending, no bleeding.
Bella's Bestest -- not as heavy, but blended well, no bleeding.
white paper from Joanne's sold in pack -- smooth but very thin, some bleeding.
Hollo's smooth heavy cs -- similar to Bella's, almost as good as Copic XPress.
(Hollo's is a store in Ohio that sells a variety of colors, weights, and textures of paper and cs by the pound. Pick what you want and they weigh it at checkout. Fun! )

I will probably go with the Hollo's cs since it is available locally and is less expensive.
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wow! thanks for the great information on cs.Did you happen to try the cs from Crafter's Companion?
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wow! thanks for the great information on cs.Did you happen to try the cs from Crafter's Companion?
No, sorry. I didn't have any of that one....
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Old 11-29-2012, 01:54 PM   #135
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Question How do you heat set the Memento ink?

This is a really dumb question for someone who has been stamping as long as me.

I'm having trouble with the Memento ink smearing when I color with my Spectrum Noir markers if I just stamp and color. If I let it sit for 24 hours it's fine. I tried heating it so I wouldn't have to wait so long, but it still smeared. So the question is, How long do you heat the Memento ink to make it set before coloring? I must be doing something wrong!

(If it makes any difference, I have a Milwaukee heat tool. One of those black cylindrical ones.)
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maybe it's the paper you are using? i heard memento ink was the one to use
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Hey Sherri!! Is your Memento ink dye based. I use their tuxedo black fade resistant dye based ink (don't know if they have other stuff; just speculating) It dries almost instantly and you should be able to color right away. I've never had any problems with it on any paper.
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Mine is the regular tuxedo black dye ink. You can stamp it and then immediately color? Maybe my pad is just too juicy or something???
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I've tried crafter's companion and although I haven't tried a lot of other CS, I've also tried PTI because that's what I had. So I can compare it to that.

I love coloring on crafter's companion - it's very smooth and blending is so easy as compared to PTI. It mostly does not bleed - there were 1-2 colors which I felt it did bleed a little. My only other comparison was PTI which is very hard to blend with - it felt too rough. So overall I'm quite satisfied with CC CS.
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I just ordered several packages of the Crafters Companion Cardstock....since I have never ordered from them before I do not know how long it takes them to ship. It should I would think be here early next week. I will try it asap.
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I bought two packs yesterday and one pen in each pkg. was dryed out to where they are not usable. Has anyone else had that problem? Weird...........

I bought the yellows and browns. The brown is the worst.
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I purchased all of the 6 packs of Spectrum Noir markers before Christmas and loved them. After Christmas I purchased the remaining colors in the 24 pen sets. Just received them. I made my own color chart from the download on Crafter's Companion and none of them were dry at all, in fact they were all nice and juicy. I purchased all of mine from Crafter's Companion as well as their paper. I am completely satisfied!!!! I also purchased the marker storage unit. LOVE,LOVE, LOVE IT!!!!!! Crafter's Companion offers great sales and great customer service. I would recommend purchasing these markers directly from Crafter's Companion.
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I have had my Spectrum Noir for a while now. Today I used the black and the finer tip was great but the broad tip was dry as dust??? I wonder if that is because they were displayed in a blister pack hanging in one direction??? Though mine have been laid on their sides since I bought them???
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I purchased all of them and several were dry. I emailed customer service at Consumer Crafts and they replaced them. Absolutely wonderful service.
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I'm wondering if it's the ink missing from the nib or a problem with the nib not accepting the ink. That would make more sense since some of the pens are fine and others not!

Has anyone bought the ink to "re-ink" their pens yet? I'm wondering who has a good price so I can try it!
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I also had one dry marker in each of two six packs. I contacted Crafter's Companion's customer service and they replaced them with no hesitation. Still, it's disappointing to get dry markers. I hope they figure out the problem. I could understand it better if all the pens in a set were slightly dry, maybe from sitting too long, though it seems that they sell quickly. I did buy two of the 24-packs from Consumer Crafts and all the markers in them were juicy.
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I got mine at Joanne's and now I'm afraid to get another pkg. and have the same thing happen. The pens that work are nice, but I'm still a die hard Copic person after using both!
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