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I am feeling torn. I am really trying to save money, etc. So as I look at my crafting things in general and my Copics, I see duplicates. They may be subtle but they are nearly the same.
Do I really need B06 and B16? G05 and G14? They are so close.
I may have to go through and sell a few, I just don't know.
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I am feeling torn. I am really trying to save money, etc. So as I look at my crafting things in general and my Copics, I see duplicates. They may be subtle but they are nearly the same.
Do I really need B06 and B16? G05 and G14? They are so close.
I may have to go through and sell a few, I just don't know.
I have many that are very close in color, but I figure down the road when pens start to need re-inking I will be able to reduce the need for buying the refill containers, which cost about as much as the pens. Weak justification, perhaps, but it works for me!
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I have many that are very close in color, but I figure down the road when pens start to need re-inking I will be able to reduce the need for buying the refill containers, which cost about as much as the pens. Weak justification, perhaps, but it works for me!
I like your reasoning! I would imagine there is more ink in a reinker for the same price but what the heck, now we have slightly different colors! lol
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another question...there are so many greys! cool, warm, neutral....confused!

i have N2 for shadows

i have W10 that blends well with black

now i need a couple for blending together for metal objects...like espresso tins and buckets and whatnot. any suggestions?
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I am just beginning to use these markers and just love them! I haven't been obsessed about a product since, well, since I discovered stamping.

I know that there are tons of threads on here about Copic markers but I thought it would be fun to have a "Copic Chatter" like there is a "Cricut Chatter".

So let's talk about the Best place to buy, Best Inkpad, Best Cardstock your most used Colors, Storage ideas, your tried and true tips and share your creations!
I have heard so much about these markers, so can you tell me which ones to buy to get me started off on the right foot (or right hand). Martha
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i'm limited in colors b/c i want to trade/sell off my brand new ciao's. i picked SU colors and love them...but i already had a few sketch and decided i would like to stick to one style. if anyone wants a handful of new ciao's......
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i'm limited in colors b/c i want to trade/sell off my brand new ciao's. i picked SU colors and love them...but i already had a few sketch and decided i would like to stick to one style. if anyone wants a handful of new ciao's......
OK, now I'm really inspired to get going. I've got a collection of Copics now and I've dabbled a bit, but I think I'm ready! Thanks for this darling card and the momentum to make a whole card! LOL!
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OK, now I'm really inspired to get going. I've got a collection of Copics now and I've dabbled a bit, but I think I'm ready! Thanks for this darling card and the momentum to make a whole card! LOL!
LOL...yes, i've stamped and colored this image about 20 times. it was TIME to actually make a card! good luck with yours and you must share the finished product with us!
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i'm limited in colors b/c i want to trade/sell off my brand new ciao's. i picked SU colors and love them...but i already had a few sketch and decided i would like to stick to one style. if anyone wants a handful of new ciao's......
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Another question: Are the same colors available for the ciaos as with the sketch markers? Or is there a separate line of colors for each style?
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i'm limited in colors b/c i want to trade/sell off my brand new ciao's. i picked SU colors and love them...but i already had a few sketch and decided i would like to stick to one style. if anyone wants a handful of new ciao's......
I wouldn't be able to tell that it's your first Copic card. It really is so cute! Great job with the coloring.
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Another question: Are the same colors available for the ciaos as with the sketch markers? Or is there a separate line of colors for each style?
The Sketch markers definitely have more colors than the Ciao markers. Here are the charts from the Carpe Diem Store. The Sketch markers are two pages long.

Copic Ciaos: click here

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thanks guys for the nice comments. you make me wanna keep colorin!

also, i did trade off my ciao's but thank you for all the interest.

lastly, diana...i was thrilled to know that the color codes are the same for ciao and sketch. ciao has the same colors that sketch does. but sketch just has a lot more that are NOT in ciao. at least i THINK that is the deal and i hope that helps.
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Question: has anyone had their copics drop a blob of ink on the image while coloring? About midway thru coloring my lilacs my RV19 just let loose with a big drop of ink. It didn't hurt anything but I was surprised as this is the first time that happened.
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Thanks guys for letting me know about the color choices for Ciaos vs Sketch!
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Yes, I had that happen. I forget which one it was but it surprised the heck out of me! I just saw $$$ signs as it happened! lol It was just that once last week, and only 1 markers so far. I let it rest and it didn't happen again so that was good.
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Yes, and it's a common problem. My first set of Copics were delivered directly from Japan. After being on the plane, there was the problem of "air pressure." So, Marianne recommended that I take off the caps (on both ends of the marker) and leave them off for a few minutes to make sure that the air pressure stabilizes. I took off all 144 caps and left them off for 20 minutes. I haven't had the problem since. HTH
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another question...there are so many greys! cool, warm, neutral....confused!

i have N2 for shadows

i have W10 that blends well with black

now i need a couple for blending together for metal objects...like espresso tins and buckets and whatnot. any suggestions?

The best way to think about them is what you will be highlighting and shadowing....cools are for things that may look metallic....warm for more organic things like wood and flowers.

Just a broad look at things...
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I haven't gotten to the tipsheet. Yesterday was DS b-day and today people are coming over for the big game. I haven't forgotten!
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I am so sorry guys if this has been asked, but I can't read through eleven pages of thread....Does anyone use a copic blender pen, where do I get it? I only have thirteen copics, but have joined a copic club from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. I want a blender pen, but I have looked everywhere and cannot find one.
The other question, does anyone have a sheet of what copics match the SU colors? thanks *~*
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No problem - My class iisn't until the 11th and I just stopped here for a minute. We have friends coming over as well. Enjoy the game!
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I am so sorry guys if this has been asked, but I can't read through eleven pages of thread....Does anyone use a copic blender pen, where do I get it? I only have thirteen copics, but have joined a copic club from Sweet N Sassy Stamps. I want a blender pen, but I have looked everywhere and cannot find one.
The other question, does anyone have a sheet of what copics match the SU colors? thanks *~*
Cher has the list of colors on her blog here.

I bought my blender from Ellen Hutson store. Their customer service is the best.
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I ordered my blender marker from merriartist.com the other night along with a refill bottle of the blender ink. I wouldn't even attempt to color without a blender marker. That's where the magic comes from. Any site that sells the markers should have the blender markers. The sketch markers are only 4.46 at merriartist with free shipping over ninety dollars. They had a good supply and shipped the next day.

The other day when I "finally" figured out how to color with the markers I realized how important the blender marker is. I had one and ordered a second one...just in case something went wrong with one of them. I got the largest bottle of refill that they sell...it was about ten dollars.

I got my first set of markers from the magnolia stamp site. It had 36 markers and they all complimented each other and came in a nice black carrying case. I'm saving for the second set then I'll probably be done with the markers. I don't see me ever needing hundreds of markers. They all look too close to the same color to me. I had to order a black marker because I didn't have one in my set.

If you google copic blender marker you should find them everywhere that sells copics.

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I am on a limited budget (who isn't these days) and want to try some Copics. I was watching a great video tutorial where she said buy the lightest and the darkest in each color family. Then, rub some of the dark onto a stamp case and pick up some of the dark with the light to color. The problem is she did not specify which ones were dark/light. Can anyone help me with this? I would also love to know what you suggest for beginners... I plan on the Ciaos but need colors that are spring like and summery. I figure those will be used the most in the near future. Any idea where I should begin???
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for example E33 and E39 would be good, so the letter the same and 1st number... those are families...
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I use it to fix mistakes and for different techniqeus. It really doesn't blend, it pushes ink, similar to to blending solution with alcohol inks- in the bottles. It doesn't really lighten either, the ink just gets moved. you can use it for a watercolor look...
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I use my SU markers to color my rubber stamps just like using the stamp pads. Can you do this with the Copic Markers ? Also what is a good ink pad brand that if you just color with the copic markers that your stamped image will not smear? Thanks Kei email me at kcpmycat@yahoo.com

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yes you can, just make sure you clean your stamps right afterwards. I use brilliance and just ordered Pallette black noir from PTI, heard it dires quickly and you dont need to heat set it.
a nice way to get a water color look with coloring on your stamps with copics is spray it with some rubbing alcohol then stamp...


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That happened to me just last night. I was using N3 and a huge drop of ink let loose but it landed on the image, so I was thankful for that. I took off the end of the other cap for a few moments to hopefully let it level out because that's what others on here have said to do?? Some of my markers seem waaaaay juicier than others.
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I think momento tuxedo black is the best. I have literally soaked my image and it does not smear.
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I am on a limited budget (who isn't these days) and want to try some Copics. I was watching a great video tutorial where she said buy the lightest and the darkest in each color family. Then, rub some of the dark onto a stamp case and pick up some of the dark with the light to color. The problem is she did not specify which ones were dark/light. Can anyone help me with this? I would also love to know what you suggest for beginners... I plan on the Ciaos but need colors that are spring like and summery. I figure those will be used the most in the near future. Any idea where I should begin???
I would suggest staying close in numbers for the best blending (2-3 digits) for example, YG23 and YG26 would make for a natural blending and if you wanted to grow that into a family, then you would extend into the color families that are nearby with numbers that are similar, such as G21.

If it's Jenn Muraoka's video, I think she may have suggested getting the "00" in the color families when coloring the dark colors onto a stamp case or a nonporous surface and picking up with the "lightest" color. In that case, it would be the "00" such as "E00". Why not use a blender pen? Because then you won't get the highlights that the lightest "00" pen will give you. So you take the darkest pen (ie. E39) and rub some on a non-porous surface such as a CD case. Then you take the E00 and pick up some of the ink off of the CD case. Color onto your image, using small circles. Marianne showed this during Copic training class. The trick is how much you can get onto the tip... this is basically a "one swipe and it's gone" technique.

The Copic Color Wheel

For "Spring" colors, look at the numbers. The first digit will tell you about the tones... the lower the number, the more vibrant the tone and the higher the number, the more dull the color will be. The second digit will tell you how dark/light the marker will be... 0 being light (highlights) and 9 being dark (shadows).

Hope this helps a little and not repetitive!
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:00 PM   #595
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That happened to me just last night. I was using N3 and a huge drop of ink let loose but it landed on the image, so I was thankful for that. I took off the end of the other cap for a few moments to hopefully let it level out because that's what others on here have said to do?? Some of my markers seem waaaaay juicier than others.
That's exactly what you are supposed to do... take the caps off both ends to equalize the pressure. Mine did that after my flight home. Had I not known, I think I might have panicked.
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That is great advice. I do that I usually skip a #... R22 and R24 R26 at first I just used the top and bottom 3s until i got the middle color.

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I would suggest staying close in numbers for the best blending (2-3 digits) for example, YG23 and YG26 would make for a natural blending and if you wanted to grow that into a family, then you would extend into the color families that are nearby with numbers that are similar, such as G21.

If it's Jenn Muraoka's video, I think she may have suggested getting the "00" in the color families when coloring the dark colors onto a stamp case or a nonporous surface and picking up with the "lightest" color. In that case, it would be the "00" such as "E00". Why not use a blender pen? Because then you won't get the highlights that the lightest "00" pen will give you. So you take the darkest pen (ie. E39) and rub some on a non-porous surface such as a CD case. Then you take the E00 and pick up some of the ink off of the CD case. Color onto your image, using small circles. Marianne showed this during Copic training class. The trick is how much you can get onto the tip... this is basically a "one swipe and it's gone" technique.

The Copic Color Wheel

For "Spring" colors, look at the numbers. The first digit will tell you about the tones... the lower the number, the more vibrant the tone and the higher the number, the more dull the color will be. The second digit will tell you how dark/light the marker will be... 0 being light (highlights) and 9 being dark (shadows).

Hope this helps a little and not repetitive!
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Old 02-01-2009, 05:19 PM   #597
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I, personally, wouldn't attempt to color without my blender because I use it to push colors back in the lines that might run out. The other day I was trying to make a pair of shorts look like denim. I colored in the shades of blue that I wanted then went back and sucked up colors until I ended up with a bleached denim look. That's the way I do it. I'm sure all you pros do it differently. I was getting very discouraged with my markers. I couldn't get the effect I was looking for. One morning I sat down with my set of markers and made good friends with my blender marker. I was very pleased with the results.

I'm OCD. I can't stand to color outside the lines. No matter how careful I am or what kind of ink I stamp with I always have a little bit of bleeding. My blender marker fixes that. THAT'S why I wouldn't attempt to color without it and that's why I ordered a second blender marker and a LARGE bottle of refill ink.

That being said, you still don't see me posting anything in the gallery because I'm far from being ready to display any of my work. Out of all of my weaknesses the only thing I AM pleased with is my coloring.

Oh...another way I use it. If you have a solid color like the middle of a flower. You can dab your blender pen on it and suck up a small amount of ink and it looks like specks light is hitting it. The picture just looks more natural. For all I know I might be doing this all wrong but it looks good to me. I'm still trying to learn shadowing. I don't know exactly how to do that. From what I understand it takes practice. I'll work on my shadowing next week. You might not even need a blender marker. I was just speaking from my own personal experience with the markers.

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Old 02-01-2009, 05:26 PM   #598
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I use my SU markers to color my rubber stamps just like using the stamp pads. Can you do this with the Copic Markers ? Also what is a good ink pad brand that if you just color with the copic markers that your stamped image will not smear? Thanks Kei email me at kcpmycat@yahoo.com
Copic reps don't recommend this because the "alcohol" really ethanol, can dry out your rubber. Realistically, if you are fast and then clean and condition your image immediately you shouldn't be doing too much damage. Maybe try it first with an image you rarely use to see if you are comfortable with it....
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I would suggest staying close in numbers for the best blending (2-3 digits) for example, YG23 and YG26 would make for a natural blending and if you wanted to grow that into a family, then you would extend into the color families that are nearby with numbers that are similar, such as G21.

If it's Jenn Muraoka's video, I think she may have suggested getting the "00" in the color families when coloring the dark colors onto a stamp case or a nonporous surface and picking up with the "lightest" color. In that case, it would be the "00" such as "E00". Why not use a blender pen? Because then you won't get the highlights that the lightest "00" pen will give you. So you take the darkest pen (ie. E39) and rub some on a non-porous surface such as a CD case. Then you take the E00 and pick up some of the ink off of the CD case. Color onto your image, using small circles. Marianne showed this during Copic training class. The trick is how much you can get onto the tip... this is basically a "one swipe and it's gone" technique.

The Copic Color Wheel

For "Spring" colors, look at the numbers. The first digit will tell you about the tones... the lower the number, the more vibrant the tone and the higher the number, the more dull the color will be. The second digit will tell you how dark/light the marker will be... 0 being light (highlights) and 9 being dark (shadows).

Hope this helps a little and not repetitive!
Thanks for all the great info!
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So that took longer than I thought...LOL....I couldn't stop writing! Hopefully anyone about to take a class doesn't think I gave away too many spoilers!

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7. Use scrap paper beneath your work. You will get better results with complete saturation of the paper. Flip it over and if it almost looks as good on the back as the front then you are using enough ink!

8. Color in small circles keeping a “wet edge” for blending.

9. Try saturating your image area with a colorless blender before using colors to keep things more wet as you go.

10. Start out blending like colors only a few numbers away for practice. Color lighter color first and then add in the darker color. Go back over with the lighter color to blend them together.

11. Touch the tip of the lighter copic to a darker one to pick up color and then apply to paper for a much more subtle effect. (Wipe tips off on scrap paper to clean them.)
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