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Old 03-15-2009, 07:40 PM   #2001
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Well, my copic collection just doubled! Not hard to do when you only have 6. I order 6 more from KraftyatKrafts. I would have loved to have ordered more for that price but finances are not what I would like them to be and that is the best I can do right now, but I am thrilled. I do have a slew of Bic's and Sharpies (and a few Prismacolors) so I have mainly light colored copics. I know I am not in the same league with you ladies but I figured we all have to start somewhere and besides I know you would understand why I am so thrilled about markers!!!!!

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I've only just begun myself and considering all the other markers you have, you've probably what I have in Copics or others here. There was a poll done recently and I was surprised that even before my 2nd and 3rd order I was in the majority (33 at the time) for # of Copics and only slowly did I fall out of the majority. I've ordered more since and I wouldn't say because my finances allowed really, just that I chose to treat myself instead of extra on bills like a responsible adult. Certainly I should have been completely responsible and paid extra on bills, etc. but I don't spend on my hobby every month, it's an every few months thing maybe and only a small amount so once a year I treat myself. There are many more I'd like and I'm getting a good feel for learning to use what I have right now. I didn't have any other mediums like you do, only SU markers. Be sure to share your colorings. I'd like to see how different mediums work together with Copics.
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You know there are US places that sell them...I got mine from the US but forgot which company... 7kidscollegefund carries them too but were out of stock on the ones I wanted when I ordered. It was $2 for shipping for mine...I should find out where. LOL

And Michelle...your High Hopes puppy was colored perfectly!! I love it!!
NO, I didn't know that! I was wondering, but hadn't done the search yet...and I like $2 shipping!! Thanks!
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I am so excited. I just bought the Sugar Nellie Daisy stamp from Funky Kits. I can't wait for it to come. Thanks again to all who enabled, LOL. Wonder how long it takes to get here from Scotland.
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I JUST got my first copics from carpe diem....have not even opened them yet...have to take care of kids and hubby first..spring break here....I'm sure I'll be back..

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I haven't been on this site for a long time but I'm getting back into stamping. I feel weird about posting but carpediemstore has a great deal on copic ciao markers, set of 36. I got 36c, anyway regularly 115.83 plus shipping and I got them for 89.64 plus shipping. I think that's a pretty good deal considering what I've seen on ebay.
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Can't get a search to work here...?? anyone know the post that printed on clear labels and used Corp-a-dile to label end of Ciaos ?? TIA!!!
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I haven't been on this site for a long time but I'm getting back into stamping. I feel weird about posting but carpediemstore has a great deal on copic ciao markers, set of 36. I got 36c, anyway regularly 115.83 plus shipping and I got them for 89.64 plus shipping. I think that's a pretty good deal considering what I've seen on ebay.
ooo, maybe this is a newsflash?

i emailed carpe about returning some refills and their response was that they are discontinuing ciao, originals, and refills there. so maybe there are/will be some great ciao deals! and i still have my refills FSOT in the BST forum if anyone is interested. just want to get what i paid. they are mostly SU matches.

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Whoo hoo, yay for KraftyKrafts! I just picked up 12 more Copics. The shipping was so reasonable too!
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That was me - what do you need to know?

I used a very small onyx font at 8pt (could have used larger in retrospect)
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I want to share a card but I have never figured out how to put a card on here. I guess I just need to try it.
So I am trying, we'll see if it worked
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Here are two more and there goes my pride.
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I want to share a card but I have never figured out how to put a card on here. I guess I just need to try it.
So I am trying, we'll see if it worked
HOW COOL is that paper and the bubbles on this!
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I used different images and colors so it's not an exact comparison, but I think these images show how much nicer the Copics are. The Huggybellas were done with Copics and the Cakeabella with SU markers (actually I also went over the flowers on the cake with a gelly roll pen). Even though I didn't really blend, because the images are so small, the colors are just more vibrant. I should do the same image with my SU markers to make an even better comparison...
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I used different images and colors so it's not an exact comparison, but I think these images show how much nicer the Copics are. The Huggybellas were done with Copics and the Cakeabella with SU markers (actually I also went over the flowers on the cake with a gelly roll pen). Even though I didn't really blend, because the images are so small, the colors are just more vibrant. I should do the same image with my SU markers to make an even better comparison...
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Can definitely tell the difference. That would be interesting to see the same image with both sets of markers and maybe about the same colors.
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You tell the difference for sure in those markers! Amazing.
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I used different images and colors so it's not an exact comparison, but I think these images show how much nicer the Copics are. The Huggybellas were done with Copics and the Cakeabella with SU markers (actually I also went over the flowers on the cake with a gelly roll pen). Even though I didn't really blend, because the images are so small, the colors are just more vibrant. I should do the same image with my SU markers to make an even better comparison...
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May I ask what grey you used for your shadows?
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So I am trying, we'll see if it worked
Love the truck! It looks great colored in like this.
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I believe it was N2. Sometimes I use C2 (or W2) but in this photo it looks like N2...
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Ok, I did the Huggybellas tonight with SU markers, trying to get as close to the colors as possible (Pixie, Turquoise, and Summer). It looks better than the Cakeabella did, so this image must be easier to color LOL; but I still think the Copics show more of the detail in the image and the colors are nicer. Especially considering I didn't blend really, even with the Copics, other than adding some streaks to the hair. Tried Bordering Blue for the SU shadows just to try and make an equal comparison (everything else I had was even darker)
I took the Copic picture over because it is nighttime so I am using just the artificial lighting, and it may look different because of that. It's not the greatest picture either, because of that, but I'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow to do this!
I tried watercoloring too and that looked just awful, probably due to user error
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All of these are nice........don't be so hard on yourself. I think you did coloring, adding brads to the wheels, cool thought and the bunch of hearts, nice mixture of embellies or plain.

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I used different images and colors so it's not an exact comparison, but I think these images show how much nicer the Copics are. The Huggybellas were done with Copics and the Cakeabella with SU markers (actually I also went over the flowers on the cake with a gelly roll pen). Even though I didn't really blend, because the images are so small, the colors are just more vibrant. I should do the same image with my SU markers to make an even better comparison...
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What a difference!! You do so well with these and the shadowing......I'm not good at shadowing yet. They both look good but the copics definately has a little more flair! TFS.
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Ok, I did the Huggybellas tonight with SU markers, trying to get as close to the colors as possible (Pixie, Turquoise, and Summer). It looks better than the Cakeabella did, so this image must be easier to color LOL; but I still think the Copics show more of the detail in the image and the colors are nicer. Especially considering I didn't blend really, even with the Copics, other than adding some streaks to the hair. Tried Bordering Blue for the SU shadows just to try and make an equal comparison (everything else I had was even darker)
I took the Copic picture over because it is nighttime so I am using just the artificial lighting, and it may look different because of that. It's not the greatest picture either, because of that, but I'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow to do this!
I tried watercoloring too and that looked just awful, probably due to user error

The SU colors are really dull in comparison and the shadowing just isn't as good with what you subb'd with. Now, I love SU everything and I love having the markers but for a professional even colored image, Copics takes the cake!!!
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Ok, I did the Huggybellas tonight with SU markers, trying to get as close to the colors as possible (Pixie, Turquoise, and Summer). It looks better than the Cakeabella did, so this image must be easier to color LOL; but I still think the Copics show more of the detail in the image and the colors are nicer. Especially considering I didn't blend really, even with the Copics, other than adding some streaks to the hair. Tried Bordering Blue for the SU shadows just to try and make an equal comparison (everything else I had was even darker)
I took the Copic picture over because it is nighttime so I am using just the artificial lighting, and it may look different because of that. It's not the greatest picture either, because of that, but I'm too impatient to wait until tomorrow to do this!
I tried watercoloring too and that looked just awful, probably due to user error
I still like the Copic one better.
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What a difference!! You do so well with these and the shadowing......I'm not good at shadowing yet. They both look good but the copics definately has a little more flair! TFS.
Thanks, I agree the Copics just have a special look. For the shadowing, I am not any kind of expert at any art, believe me--it is quite easy though. You just stay on ONE side of everything, and then on the BOTTOM of everything. I just run my Copic brush all along the outline on the one side/bottom in one stroke (so it doesn't get darker) and that's it. Nothing special. I see others who do something more fancy and it looks better, but I am just sharing my "technique" because it really is simple. Just use a light color like N1 or N2 (I've even used the BG10, someone suggested on a blog I think, and it looks very pretty)
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So, after a lot of practice last night (thanks, Demodebi for the RAKs!), I have one big question: what do you guys/gals do for SMALL images or areas? Like the Bella dress with all the flowers I did above? I saw Marianne's blog on coloring small images, but I end up with a streaky mess unless I just do a solid color...
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I have a few of the Copic Ciao markers and I can't say I am bowled over by them.

What is the difference between the Ciaos and regular Copics?

Should I invest in the regular Copics?

I'm a Copic novice and would be grateful for any advice.

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What is the difference between the Ciaos and regular Copics?

Should I invest in the regular Copics?

I'm a Copic novice and would be grateful for any advice.

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The ink is the same, and the nibs on the Ciaos are the same as the Sketch (the Originals have a smaller tip instead of the brush)...what didn't you like about them? What colors do you have?

What did you think about the 2 images above, comparing the SU and Copics?
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Here are a couple I tried last night...you can't tell in the photos but I used a clear Spica on the wings and some other details, and Sakura gelly roll pens on the umbrella, raincoat, etc. and on the flower words/black dots.
I tried a yellow shadow (I don't remember what color, it may have been Neopiko Pale Yellow, or YR00) to make her look like she was glowing, but I don't know if I like it...what do you think? Any suggestions for the white?
(btw I used BG10 on Changito and W2 on Belinda Bumbleboots for the shadowing, and C2 layered over BG10 on the angel wings)
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Should I invest in the regular Copics?

I'm a Copic novice and would be grateful for any advice.

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Stick with the Ciaos IMHO. Most people are using either Sketch or Ciaos the only difference is 1cc of ink and numbers on the end.

I bought one copic and Hobby Lobby and thought hmmm so what. Then I decided to take the plunge after a lot of research and following Marianne's blog.

I like the way they work but I can understand completely why some people don't.
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The ink is the same, and the nibs on the Ciaos are the same as the Sketch (the Originals have a smaller tip instead of the brush)...what didn't you like about them? What colors do you have?

What did you think about the 2 images above, comparing the SU and Copics?
I am sure the problem is "operator error". I am just having difficulty blending them. Since the Sketch and Ciao are pretty much the same, I either need to adjust to the ones I already have or forget them completely.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:39 AM   #2034
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I am sure the problem is "operator error". I am just having difficulty blending them. Since the Sketch and Ciao are pretty much the same, I either need to adjust to the ones I already have or forget them completely.
I think the key is to saturate the area with the lightest color and then work light to dark in color - I tend to go over it again with the light color just to soften the blended edges.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:51 AM   #2035
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I am sure the problem is "operator error". I am just having difficulty blending them. Since the Sketch and Ciao are pretty much the same, I either need to adjust to the ones I already have or forget them completely.
Have you checked out the tutorials? I had trouble, too (well I still need practice!) until I realized that you only go back over the edge between the 2 colors, not the whole thing. So, you color with the lighter one, then put in shadows with the darker one, and go back over the edge (between the light & dark) with the lighter one. You have to have colors that blend, too...that's why I asked what colors you are using.
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Thanks for the advice ladies. I am determined to make this work and will give your suggestions a try.
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Well, I think I have read the entire thread now and I wanted to post this in case there was someone looking here trying to decide between Prisma's and Copics. I started with Prisma's becasue I could use a coupon at Micheals and buy a big set. I eventually got every color through DickBlick. I am not going to put them down because they allowed me to realize I love coloring with this kind of ink, but I would suggest going with Copics to begin with. Since I discovered I love them so much I now am switching to Copics because of the quality. Besides being able to refill, with my Prisma's I could tell if a marker I was coloring with was one I'd ever used before because the tip would be super sharp and pointy for the first use only, then go slightly soft. Not horribly, but noticably, and I started to think if that happened this quickly, how are they going to be in 6 months or a year?
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:18 AM   #2038
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I didn't figure out how to really use them until I watched you tube. It was a huge help.
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:21 AM   #2039
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Stick with the Ciaos IMHO. Most people are using either Sketch or Ciaos the only difference is 1cc of ink and numbers on the end.

I bought one copic and Hobby Lobby and thought hmmm so what. Then I decided to take the plunge after a lot of research and following Marianne's blog.

I like the way they work but I can understand completely why some people don't.
If anyone wants to use the airbrushing system, it's easier with the Sketch and Original Copics. You can use the Ciao, but you have fiddle it, as they weren't really made to go with the airbrushing system.

But if that doesn't matter, the Ciaos are better in price.
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I just wanted to vent to people who would understand.

I ordered 51 sketch markers from carpediem last week. They were supposed to arrive today, I've been stalking the fedex tracking number all day. I work an hour a day, babysitting for some kids after school, fedex was here while I was at work. They didn't leave them, signature required.

I asked them to leave them tomorrow anyway, since they said they'd be by again at the same time most likely They said, no, signature required no exceptions So my only hope is that they try to deliver them a little earlier or a little later than they did today. I'm only gone an hour, gees, what are the chances. I want my markers, I am sad that they are on a truck with nobody loving them

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