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Old 10-05-2012, 02:26 PM   #3961
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One more question... Should Copics be stored laying down or standing up in a jar. I have my older ones in a jar. I just don't want all of them to dry out on one end and explode on the other. Does that make sense???
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I am a fan of Oozak!! Rusty rocks!!!

I will DEF be ordering from there again..
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It's me again. I have been reading this thread for an hour or more. So much info to take in.

So I am going to ask yet another question. What a pain in the behind I am... lol...

What paper is the best to use for Copics?

About a year ago I went to a lss and bought some paper. It was pretty costly and the drive was over a hour. I have heard some papers bleed through and others don't. So any help will be much appreciated..

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It's me again. I have been reading this thread for an hour or more. So much info to take in.

So I am going to ask yet another question. What a pain in the behind I am... lol...

What paper is the best to use for Copics?

About a year ago I went to a lss and bought some paper. It was pretty costly and the drive was over a hour. I have heard some papers bleed through and others don't. So any help will be much appreciated..

Thanks in advance, again!
You'll get lots of opinions on the paper, too. And you're not a pain in the behind. We who love our Copics also love talking about them and anything related!

Copic themselves recommends X-Press-It blending card. I like it fine. You can get it at a good price through Oozak.com (lots of satisfied cusotmers around SCS). Other choices: Neenah Classic Crest Colar White, which I like OK, except that I've had trouble with certain colors, especially reds, bleeding over the outline. I also like Gina K pure luxury white. That one comes in 2 weights. Most of the papers/cardstocks you'll use will bleed through to the back of the sheet, so you'll need to layer. The one exception I've found is that the Gina K heavyweight cardstock is thick enough so that it doesn't bleed through.

I know others have tried some other papers, and I'm sure they'll chime in.
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You'll get lots of opinions on the paper, too. And you're not a pain in the behind. We who love our Copics also love talking about them and anything related!

Copic themselves recommends X-Press-It blending card. I like it fine. You can get it at a good price through Oozak.com (lots of satisfied cusotmers around SCS). Other choices: Neenah Classic Crest Colar White, which I like OK, except that I've had trouble with certain colors, especially reds, bleeding over the outline. I also like Gina K pure luxury white. That one comes in 2 weights. Most of the papers/cardstocks you'll use will bleed through to the back of the sheet, so you'll need to layer. The one exception I've found is that the Gina K heavyweight cardstock is thick enough so that it doesn't bleed through.

I know others have tried some other papers, and I'm sure they'll chime in.

I'm so new to the Copic craze and need lots of pointers. I did order some Copic brand paper but goodness it was sooooo thin. Just wouldn't work for cards in my opinion. I have been using Tombow markers but found that the Neenah paper pilled or rubbed around. Not good. So is there a difference between what Tombows or alcohol markers do to paper? Wish I could use the Distress Markers and the Tombows or the Copics on all the same paper. Is this a pipe dream? Would love to hear some input as I don't have time to scroll through the bazillion other comments....well unless I am under distress!!! LOL.
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I'm so new to the Copic craze and need lots of pointers. I did order some Copic brand paper but goodness it was sooooo thin. Just wouldn't work for cards in my opinion. I have been using Tombow markers but found that the Neenah paper pilled or rubbed around. Not good. So is there a difference between what Tombows or alcohol markers do to paper? Wish I could use the Distress Markers and the Tombows or the Copics on all the same paper. Is this a pipe dream? Would love to hear some input as I don't have time to scroll through the bazillion other comments....well unless I am under distress!!! LOL.
Clarification: Copic does have some Copic-brand papers, but as far as I know, they are *paper,* not cardstock. AFAIK, there is no such thing as Copic cardstock. As noted in my previous post, Copic recommends X-Press-It Blending Card.

If I'm not mistaken, Tombow markers are water-based. Copics are alcohol based. All the difference in the world! And yes, there's a huge difference in how they behave.

Can you get to a local store that sells Copics? For example, in this area there is an art supply store that sells them (not a craft/hobby store, although some craft/hobby stores do sell them, too.) You have some Tombow markers. Take them with you and experiment comparing the two. Maybe take some different kinds of cardstock with you.

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You probably purchased the Copic Stamping Illustration paper which is very thin and not good for card bases, but okay for layering.

Copic recommends and distributes X-Press It Blending Card which is a nice card weight paper and works beautifully with Copics.

Water based markers (like Tombow) will pill up the paper and eventually tear through it when the paper becomes saturated, alcohol based markers (Copics) won't tear up or pill up the paper at all...no matter how much ink you use. One of the many differences.

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So, Tombows are a different cat, in that they need watercolor paper? I am familiar with alcohol inks and love them, though they work best on glossy cardstock or transparency film. But, Copics will they work on the glossy paper? Or do they work best on high quality paper such as Gina K? Thanks to all of you for directing me a bit here. It took me forever to get all the different types of ink down now its markers! Shish. Such a problem to have....I am very grateful though for all that I am privileged to have! Thanks gals.
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So, Tombows are a different cat, in that they need watercolor paper? I am familiar with alcohol inks and love them, though they work best on glossy cardstock or transparency film. But, Copics will they work on the glossy paper? Or do they work best on high quality paper such as Gina K? Thanks to all of you for directing me a bit here. It took me forever to get all the different types of ink down now its markers! Shish. Such a problem to have....I am very grateful though for all that I am privileged to have! Thanks gals.
I would not use Tombows, or any markers, on watercolor paper. The paper is super-absobent and will suck the ink right out of the marker. (This includes Copics.) On watercolor paper, my coloring medium of choice is Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter.

Here's some useful information about Copics and watercolor paper, straight from the source:
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Copics work best on cardstock like X-Press-It Blending Card or Gina K. Pure Luxury. I haven't tried them on glossy cardstock, but I don't think that would show them to their best advantage.
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I would not use Tombows, or any markers, on watercolor paper. The paper is super-absobent and will suck the ink right out of the marker. (This includes Copics.) On watercolor paper, my coloring medium of choice is Stampin' Up! Watercolor Wonder Crayons and an AquaPainter.

Here's some useful information about Copics and watercolor paper, straight from the source:
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Copics work best on cardstock like X-Press-It Blending Card or Gina K. Pure Luxury. I haven't tried them on glossy cardstock, but I don't think that would show them to their best advantage.
Checked out the site you linked me to and found it very interesting in that I don't think I will "waste" my Copics on watercolor paper. I think while I learn anyway, I will use watercolor crayons on water color paper and Copics on the GK. The Tombows don't blend well just bright colors as is. Do you know if there is a blending solution for them?
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I like SU Shimery White or Crogen White (paper temptress) as my paper of choice for Copics.

As for blending solution for water-based markers, you can use a blender pen (not the Copic blender pen) or water but you never get the true blending capabilities you can with an alcohol marker. That is why we all love Copics because you blend directly on paper.

Blending with water-based markers is simply "water coloring" and it follows the guidelines like all water coloring mediums.
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Copics on glossy will give you a different result. Depending on the quality of the coating on the glossy paper, you may or may not be able to blend. Good glossy paper will give you streaks and the inks actually "stain" the fibers... making blending and using the colorless blender for special effects useless. It is fun to use Copics on glossy with black and white photos though... just a different look.
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I just jumped into the Copic waters (As of yesterday!) and I'm happy with what I have purchased so far.

However, I'm wondering what blends well with the YG17 (Grass Green); I can't really imagine it going with Chartreuse (YG13) since that is rather light. What would be a good shade to go with Grass Green (I'm thinking of plants to color.).
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I just jumped into the Copic waters (As of yesterday!) and I'm happy with what I have purchased so far.

However, I'm wondering what blends well with the YG17 (Grass Green); I can't really imagine it going with Chartreuse (YG13) since that is rather light. What would be a good shade to go with Grass Green (I'm thinking of plants to color.).
I just played around with the colors I have and YG61 for a lighter shade and YG67 for a darker shade seem to go well.
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I just played around with the colors I have and YG61 for a lighter shade and YG67 for a darker shade seem to go well.
Hmm...I'll definitely check those two out; thank you for the suggestion!
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Wow, the last post was over a year ago sniff sniff

I'm just getting into Copics!

I have found lots of tutorials and I have a book. I'd LOVE to find a blank chart that has larger spaces for the colors and numbers that I can actually read without a magnifying glass. I've searched and searched to find one that is current (2013). I think to be large enough it would have to be 2 or more pages.
Does anyone know of a chart like this?
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I was having the same problem so I created my own chart in a spreadsheet. The only trouble with my spreadsheet is that you have to adjust it every time you buy new markets.

I've had my markers for more than 5 years now and am happy with the colors I've chosen, so my chart has been unaltered for a couple of years now.

This may not work for you but if you can't find anything better, feel free to adapt this to suit your needs.
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I'm just getting into Copics!

I have found lots of tutorials and I have a book. I'd LOVE to find a blank chart that has larger spaces for the colors and numbers that I can actually read without a magnifying glass. I've searched and searched to find one that is current (2013). I think to be large enough it would have to be 2 or more pages.
Does anyone know of a chart like this?
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Jenabeth's chart is a great option, and you might take a look at the Copic Color Swatch Book. It sells for $5.07 at Oozak or $5.49 at ICopic.com, the spaces are large, grouped by color families, and you can add colors to the page, if new ones come out. The other nice thing about it is while you are building up your collection, it's portable to put in your purse when you go shopping. Very easy to use, I have both the large chart to refer to as well as the swatch book.

Good luck and enjoy Copics, they're great!!!
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I'm just getting into Copics!

I have found lots of tutorials and I have a book. I'd LOVE to find a blank chart that has larger spaces for the colors and numbers that I can actually read without a magnifying glass. I've searched and searched to find one that is current (2013). I think to be large enough it would have to be 2 or more pages.
Does anyone know of a chart like this?

Have you checked with a local craft store? We have one nearby that sells copics and they offer color charts that work well for me.
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The best solution to your problem (I think) is for you to purchase the Copics chart booklet that the previous thread referred to. he one you can purchase from Oozark for $5 and some change. I love mine and you won't have difficultly reading the numbers of each marker. The great thing is being able to take it to the store and use it so you won't duplicate purchases.
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The book is great when working in your craft room, but sometimes when shopping I have forgotten to take it with. If you have an iPhone .Too has an app (free) that you can put all of your markers in so when shopping you know what you have. I find both of these very helpful. I also use the Neenah Solar white and Memento inks when using my Copic Markers.
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I was having the same problem so I created my own chart in a spreadsheet. The only trouble with my spreadsheet is that you have to adjust it every time you buy new markets.

I've had my markers for more than 5 years now and am happy with the colors I've chosen, so my chart has been unaltered for a couple of years now.

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Jenabeth's chart is a great option, and you might take a look at the Copic Color Swatch Book. It sells for $5.07 at Oozak or $5.49 at ICopic.com, the spaces are large, grouped by color families, and you can add colors to the page, if new ones come out. The other nice thing about it is while you are building up your collection, it's portable to put in your purse when you go shopping. Very easy to use, I have both the large chart to refer to as well as the swatch book.

Good luck and enjoy Copics, they're great!!!
I saw that book on 7 Kids College Fund's website and thought it might be good. I'm so glad to know that others use it. 7 Kids also has a chart that they hand color in allll the colors for you for $7ish I thought that might be helpful in deciding what colors I want to buy in the future.

Now the struggle is finding images to color. Stampin' Up has some images that lend themselves well to coloring, and I like that they are not too detailed, so it won't take forever to color them. Plus I do sell them so I kinda need to use my own stuff. BUT I've been looking through my other stamps to find some more images. Of course, then I look for new images on Impression Obsession and Flourishes and I find many that I love.

All of the whimsical style images of girls are very popular with Copic people and that's not really my style, so I'm looking for others that will be more my taste. I'm realizing that I may not want too much detail as in Northwoods and some Impression Obsession, because it will take so long to color.
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I love my swatch book of Copics also but I just had an idea: The price of the swatch book is not that much - just buy two and have one in your craft room and another in you purse. It is not that hard to color in both when you buy a new marker. I think I will be acting on my own idea soon.
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I saw that book on 7 Kids College Fund's website and thought it might be good. I'm so glad to know that others use it. 7 Kids also has a chart that they hand color in allll the colors for you for $7ish I thought that might be helpful in deciding what colors I want to buy in the future.

Now the struggle is finding images to color. Stampin' Up has some images that lend themselves well to coloring, and I like that they are not too detailed, so it won't take forever to color them. Plus I do sell them so I kinda need to use my own stuff. BUT I've been looking through my other stamps to find some more images. Of course, then I look for new images on Impression Obsession and Flourishes and I find many that I love.

All of the whimsical style images of girls are very popular with Copic people and that's not really my style, so I'm looking for others that will be more my taste. I'm realizing that I may not want too much detail as in Northwoods and some Impression Obsession, because it will take so long to color.
When I first got started with Copics, due to sites I visited, I was buying a number of the child images to color. I too found it wasn't where my "passion" was, and I was drawn to more floral and nature images, like the Flourishes line and I can quickly color those up for my cards.

Due to my grandkids, I will do the kids cards, which can be fun as well. But, my heart lies with the flowers. There are lots of easy options out there to use your Copics on. I've also found you can be creative in coloring only a portion of an image to make it stand out i.e., a bear holding a heart or bouquet of flowers - just color the heart or flowers! Also makes it a quick card too! Good luck on your hunt.......
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Do you know that this thread started in 2008? I started at the beginning but since I stand up while I use my computer, my feet are getting tired! I'm subbing to come back when I have more time. Thanks!
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I had heard that Dick Blick has the best prices but I actually got a better deal at Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon.
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I had heard that Dick Blick has the best prices but I actually got a better deal at Hobby Lobby with the 40% off coupon.
Dick Blick is $5.24 for Sketch and you have to pay shipping unless they have a special. Currently they have a Shipping special for free shipping on $79. 15% off on $79

Oozak, where I have purchases all of my Copics, is $4.99 if you sign up for a Free membership and it is always free shipping on $50 . Plus Oozak ships the same day unless they are running a Super Duper sale and then they announce on the home page that shipping will be as fast as they can package the orders


Hobby Lobby would be $4.79 each with a 40% off coupon, but it would be a tad slow to buy them one at a time . Plus if you had to drive there every day to buy one market you need to include the cost of the gas to get there and home /

Just a FYI

I like Dick Blick and have ordered many other things from them . I have always been happy with their Customer Service. I just have not ordered my Copics from them.

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Old 01-13-2014, 08:16 PM   #3991
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who has the best price on copic markers these days?
I have purchased my Copics mostly from 2 online stores - Oozak.com and carpediemstore.com. Right now CarpeDiemStore has Sketch markers on sale for $4.85 and you get free shipping on your $50 order the same as Oozak. I've always had good service from both companies and actually CDS always seems to have most of them in stock. I've gotten some from HL before but that was when I first started buying them and didn't know about the online stores.
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I got my first Copics for Christmas and in ths last two weeks I've placed two orders

I did not order from Carpe Diem (4.85) because so many colors I wanted were out of stock. I guess that sale was popular!

I have the receipts right in front of me and here are the prices
Oozak 5.24
7 Kids College Fund 5.24
Hobby Lobby 5.06 after coupon.
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Oozak shows 4.99 on the website for me right now. Did you register? I wonder why yours were higher.
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I just logged into Oozak and mine shows $4.99 too.
Did you "register and log in" before you placed your order ?

Welcome aboard the Copic Bandwagon

I never had any art training in school so my colored pencil and water based marker work looked like a pre-schooler did it .

I fell in love with Copic markers when I found they could make my coloring look like I knew what I was doing LOL
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With Hobby Lobby, I just print a bunch of coupons and bring my kids and my husband along to each make a purchase. It doesn't look suspicious at all!
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I just logged into Oozak and mine shows $4.99 too.
Did you "register and log in" before you placed your order ?

Welcome aboard the Copic Bandwagon

I never had any art training in school so my colored pencil and water based marker work looked like a pre-schooler did it .

I fell in love with Copic markers when I found they could make my coloring look like I knew what I was doing LOL
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This is weird, I ordered my COPIC X-Press It - Blending Card from 7 Kids for 8.99
X-PRESS IT BLENDING CARD in Bright White from Copic (24 sheets)
Oozak has it for 18.03 : Oozak.com | Paper | COPXPBC25 | COPIC X-Press It - Blending Card, 8.5"x11" 25 Sheets 250g/sm

Yes, I'm registered with Oozak now, but that is a HUGE price difference!!!!!!!
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This is weird, I ordered my COPIC X-Press It - Blending Card from 7 Kids for 8.99
X-PRESS IT BLENDING CARD in Bright White from Copic (24 sheets)
Oozak has it for 18.03 : Oozak.com | Paper | COPXPBC25 | COPIC X-Press It - Blending Card, 8.5"x11" 25 Sheets 250g/sm

Yes, I'm registered with Oozak now, but that is a HUGE price difference!!!!!!!
A lot of the paper crafting sites have discounts on things like that. You can get a pack of 25 sheets at Ellen Hutson for $9.00. Since I use it exclusively for all my card making since I always use my Copics, I buy it by the ream (125 sheets) for $45.

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This is weird, I ordered my COPIC X-Press It - Blending Card from 7 Kids for 8.99
X-PRESS IT BLENDING CARD in Bright White from Copic (24 sheets)
Oozak has it for 18.03 : Oozak.com | Paper | COPXPBC25 | COPIC X-Press It - Blending Card, 8.5"x11" 25 Sheets 250g/sm

Yes, I'm registered with Oozak now, but that is a HUGE price difference!!!!!!!
That looks like a mistake on Oozak's site. I will send Rusty an email to inquire if that is the correct price .
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I called Rusty at Oozak and asked him about the price of the Copic X-Press it paper on his site .

He just got a shipment in and that is the new price.

It went up that much . He said the paper is made in the UK and for some reason it is shipped to Australia and then to the USA .

He said if people see the X-Press It paper ( 24 sheets) for $9 GRAB it !!

As soon as the owners of the other stores find out the new price their price will go up too
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