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Old 09-12-2012, 10:32 AM   #521
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to be fair, paper is very heavy and probably costly to ship. Try cutcardstock.com to see if they have both brands.
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What color run do you use for a nice soft baby pink color? It's so hard looking at the color chart to find colors. I've bought too many not what I expected colors that way I'd love to have a hand colored chart of all of the colors to really see what the colors look like BEFORE buying
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I think someone does sell hand colored charts. I can't remember who though.
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I think someone does sell hand colored charts. I can't remember who though.
7 Kids College Fund offers that: Hand Colored Copic Color Chart
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I use Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover 80#.
I bought it at Amazon with free shipping on $25. I just added another thing I wanted and it all shipped free

Amazon.com: Hammermill Color Copy 80 lb 8 1/2 x 11 Inch Photo White Cover Stock 250 Sheets (12002-3): Office Products

This 80# cover weight works well for me with Copics and for printing Digis

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Does anyone know who has the best price on Copics at the moment? And the best utube class or tutorial?
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It has been a while since I finished up my collection. But when I was purchasing them I would always pick them up at OOZAK.com. Free shipping on order over $50 and the best price around. Each payday I would place an order to just meet the free shipping criteria. Super fast shipping too. I would order on 1 day and sometimes get it the next. It always amazed me.
I was always please EVERY TIME! Like I said I ordered every two weeks for over a year to build my collection.
I can't remember but you may have to create an account to have the lowest price show or not. Some web sites do require that.
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BTW. I heard that Dick Blick has a sale. get 25% off your purchase of $99 or more (and free shipping over $160)

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Suzanne Dean has lots of videos on YouTube. Just Google her name. Marianne Walker's blog is a great place to start. She has tons of tutorials - ilikemarkers.com. I've printed out hers and put them in a binder so I have them in my crafting room to look at whenever I have a question.
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I just bought a bunch with the 25% off sale at Dick Blick. They already have great prices and it brought it down to under $4.00 each I think.

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After reading everything I could on Spectrum Noir, Prismacolors and Copics...and doing price comparisons at the same time...I ended up with a 36 piece set, Anniversary Edition Copics from Oozak.

The colors do provide three complimentary colors, for every category of which I am pleased because hopefully at some point I will learn to shade! They came literally overnight which was nice, but certainly not the draw...as I work. However if any of you are in a hurry, that is the company to go with!!

I am now looking for a simple holiday image to purchase, digital, for cards. I am totally new, I am open to any image suggestions for a newbie??!!
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Last week I went to the Art Suppy store where I usually buy copics and refills. I paid 5.99 for the refills. I didnt buy copics this time so I dont remember the price for those. They told me the price for copics is going up $1.00 at the beginning of the year!!!!! They told me that their discount for copics was taken away this year and he is hoping that when they have to do the increase that they get the discount back. I believe they said IF they get the discount back the price will be 6.74!!!!! YIKES!!!! So I guess they will be $7.00 without it!!! HOLY MOLY!!!
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Here is an article I found about the Copic price increase. It is just as I suspected. The weak value of the US dollar is the cause of the increase. Copic International says now the people in the USA will pay on par what people in Europe and Australia pay. Yikes . It appears they will cost nearly $8 for sketch.

I wonder how this will affect the discount pricing offered by Oozak and others?

Copic Markers Price Increase Starts January 1st | ScrapMag.com
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Here is an article I found about the Copic price increase. It is just as I suspected. The weak value of the US dollar is the cause of the increase. Copic International says now the people in the USA will pay on par what people in Europe and Australia pay. Yikes . It appears they will cost nearly $8 for sketch.

I wonder how this will affect the discount pricing offered by Oozak and others?

Copic Markers Price Increase Starts January 1st | ScrapMag.com
Thanks for that!!! I better get the rest of my refills before the first!!!
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Are we all so busy coloring that we have nothing to share?

I know I'm getting my creative urges back. Hopefully when I finish up a project I'm currently working on I'll be ready to start Suzanne Dean's Copic Class #5 She has some great techniques and videos and lots of good classes at Color Me Creative Classroom.

I love using these markers, and learning about them. There are great blogs with examples - like Marianne Walker (she was the first one I found), and there is so much versatility with them. They've been a great investment.
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ok somebody please tell me it gets better. I have just spent a bunch of money on some copic sketch markers and I have been watching every video on you tube I can find. My problem is when I blend it bleeds over the lines. I have tried with several colors thinking it was maybe just the blue that was a little to dark but no it happens all the time. I have read where paper can make a difference, I have been using the Georgia pacific as I read several post that people like that. I do have some Gina K should I try that. Please tell me what works for you and tell me all this frustration will be worth it in the end.

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ok somebody please tell me it gets better. I have just spent a bunch of money on some copic sketch markers and I have been watching every video on you tube I can find. My problem is when I blend it bleeds over the lines. I have tried with several colors thinking it was maybe just the blue that was a little to dark but no it happens all the time. I have read where paper can make a difference, I have been using the Georgia pacific as I read several post that people like that. I do have some Gina K should I try that. Please tell me what works for you and tell me all this frustration will be worth it in the end.

Thanks for letting me ramble on.

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If it's bleeding over the lines, it's either your paper or your ink. What kind of ink are you using? You need to be using the Memento Tuxedo Black (or different color of Memento) if you are stamping. I use Xpress It Blending Card cardstock for most all of my cards and don't have a problem with bleeding. Try the Gina K. I know some people use it. Others that I follow their blogs use Flourishes White. You may have to try a couple different ones until you get the right one for you.

And yes, it's worth it. I love using my Copic markers and wouldn't go back to anything else.
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I should say, I am using digital images with a Canon pixma printer.
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I should say, I am using digital images with a Canon pixma printer.
They recommend using a laser jet printer. But if you are using a different printer you need to let the ink dry, by letting it set for 24 hours or heat setting it with your heat tool.
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ok somebody please tell me it gets better. I have just spent a bunch of money on some copic sketch markers and I have been watching every video on you tube I can find. My problem is when I blend it bleeds over the lines. I have tried with several colors thinking it was maybe just the blue that was a little to dark but no it happens all the time. I have read where paper can make a difference, I have been using the Georgia pacific as I read several post that people like that. I do have some Gina K should I try that. Please tell me what works for you and tell me all this frustration will be worth it in the end.

Thanks for letting me ramble on.

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My money is on your paper choice. Georgia Pacific makes a lot of different papers, but most often the one that gets brought into Copic discussions is soft and that leads to feathering or spreading (ink movement on top of the cardstock, shifting to undesired, visible places). So, to use that paper successfully with alcohol markers, you need to work with a light hand and patience to allow layers of marker color to dry between applications. Choosing light colors will help, too. Light colors are a little more forgiving for beginners than the big, vibrant colors.

XPress It Blending Card and Neenah Classic Crest Solar White are both great paper options to hold the ink where you place it on the cardstock.
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I have an HP printer and I did not have great success using it for digi's when I wanted to color with my Copics. I waited for a sale on a Brothers HL-2240 Laser printer and that works great. I got the printer for $60 and free shipping.

In addition to the papers suggested by others I use Hammermill Color Copy Digital Cover #80. It goes through both of my printers without any problems and it works great with the Copics

You need to use a very light touch and move quickly so the ink does not spread. If you leave the nib on the paper too long it wicks the ink and it will spread over the lines.

Using your good Copic paper , draw an entire page of circles with pencil. Make them about 1" to 1 & 1/2" in diameter. Then practice coloring the circles by moving very quickly and feathering with a light touch .

By using a practice page of just circles you take away the stress of trying to color an image perfectly and you can just concentrate on the technique of coloring.

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Just had a Copic Cert. Class a few week ago (both beginner and intermediate) and the paper DOES make a BIG difference. I played with different paper side by side and right before my eyes I was able to see a big difference.
Here are the one I personally tried
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CC. Designs 80lb and 110lb

I believe that was all I brought to try out. We tested all of them. The WORST of the bunch was GP by FAR. Not only does it bleed but it will soak up a ton of your ink and you will need refilling faster.

The best of the bunch was the X-Press it, followed very closely behind by Gina K. The other on the list worked very well. They only bleed if you REALLY over saturated them.

Before the class I used CC. Designs/ PTI primarily. After really working with the X-Press it...I see that it is worth the higher price. I do have choices now.

That is just my .02 cents.
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I have an Epsom Ink Jet printer and when I print on Xpress It Blending Card, I have no problem with taking it off the printer and getting started on my coloring. I never have a problem with bleeding my colors unless it's red, and that's a whole different can of worms.
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I too use an Epsom ink jet with digies and Xpress it card and have no trouble. Mostly I use Memento Tuxedo Black on the Xpress and have no probs at all.
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For me it can bleed on any paper. Xpress-it, Gina K, Neenah, PTI, you name it. I just try not to go all the way to the lines.

eta: both of my printers are canon pixma and no problems with printed images. I don't wait 24 hours but don't really color right out of the printer, either.
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I have a Canon Pixma printer, and haven't had any problems yet!

As far as stamping images to color, I primarily use Memento Ink - usually Tuxedo Black, and for paper, I started off with Neenah Solar White, still use it, but also really like Cryogen, and X-Press It. I don't have any bleeding outside the lines, but then, I use a light touch, and don't over saturate the paper when I blend. I've tried, Gina K, PTI, One Sheet Wonder, and the others are still my favorites.

Sometimes, you have to try different card stocks for the way you color and your preference. You'll find that happy niche for yourself.
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Ok, so I took the plunge and bought a 6 pk of floral copics from hobby lobby. I started coloring a flower (a huge magnolia from SU!) and I can understand why y'all talk about copics like they're the best thing since sliced bread!!!

THEN, at the end, when using the darkest marker to shade, a huge glop of ink rolled down the nib. There was no way to fix it the card so I trashed it. Then, I took a warm shower, curled up under the covers and, sobbing quietly, rocked myself to sleep.

I had been using the brush end and, I can swear an oath, I was more gentle and careful with those things than my own kids.

What did I do? Is this common?? I'm scared to use them again for fear of ruining something else that took a couple of hours to make!!! I love them but the betrayal just broke my heart and destroyed my trust and I don't know if this relationship can last much longer!

Do we need counseling? An intervention? Could my copics simply dislike my stellar wit and good looks?

Seriously....any thoughts or advice?
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Aw, salome000, so sorry to read the sad news that your first Copic creation didn't survive. But there is good news. First, it sounds like you were having a great first-time experience with these markers, at least up until the Big Blob. And second, there is an easy fix for the blobbing.

This information is from Marianne's I Like Markers blog :

Q. I was coloring away and suddenly my marker blobbed. I've had the marker for a while, what happened?
A. The air pressure inside the marker is messed up. Remember, these are very airtight markers. A pressure change from weather, elevation, or my frequent problem is from coloring while flying with the markers. Just pull the cap off both ends and let it sit for a moment. This evens out the air pressure and you should be OK after that.
Changes in air pressure can be caused by shipping, so it is always a good idea to remove the caps from both ends of a new marker, let it rest, and then replace them before starting to color normally.

Good luck with your next coloring attempt, and let us know how it goes.
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While making a card for a friend, I had a similar experience happen to me, and actually the same day you wrote this!! We've had weird changes in temperatures, and pressure here, and taking both ends off solved my issue rather easily. I had read that a few yrs back when I first got my markers.

Please don't be discouraged, they're so much fun to use and experiment with, that you will wonder how you lived without them. When I color stamped items now, some of my friends or relatives are surprised that I colored it and it's not printed, that's how beautiful you can get the shading! I even surprise myself!!!

You find yourself enjoying the colors in everything, thinking of how you can incorporate that in your art!!!
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Judy M explained it perfectly. My guess is since you just purchased them, the pressure inside was wonky due to shipping or a change in weather. The more you use your Copics, the more you will be able to anticipate this "blobbing". I noticed just the other day that my Copics almost felt "wetter" than normal and we had some weird changes in weather lately. When coloring, I really pay attention to the tip I'm using and when it gets a juicy feeling or it turns shiny when I'm coloring, I QUICKLY pull it back (so it doesn't blob on my project) and then take off the other cap and color with both ends off.

Glad you were enjoying your first experience with the markers, I'm sorry it turned out with a blob. In the future, if that happens, grab your colorless blender and try to "push" the darker color back to where it's supposed to be. It may not clean up completely, but it's good practice on seeing just what the markers can do.

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Colleen, Love and Judi...Ty so much!!! I just bought set number 3 (of 6 markers) and the only other thing I'm wondering is if I'm going to run out of markers to buy or money first?

Why do I have the feeling it's the latter one?

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I put my whole Copic Sketch collection on the BST thread, if anyone wants to purchase "once and done". I have an awesome set.
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I would like to take online classes for Copic Markers. I would like to stamp and color along with a structured class? Do you have recommendations? I looked at a series with Suzanne Dean and also Michelle Houghton. Has anyone taken these? Are there others?
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I would like to take online classes for Copic Markers. I would like to stamp and color along with a structured class? Do you have recommendations? I looked at a series with Suzanne Dean and also Michelle Houghton. Has anyone taken these? Are there others?
I've taken and still do take Suzanne Dean's classes, and I think they're great. I don't know that I would call them "structured" classes, because you can work at your own pace, but Suzanne does have very thorough videos, with chat rooms, homework that you get feedback on, and you can always ask questions and she is so helpful. I have learned so much from her, and have been very pleased with the class design and how they work. It's great for my schedule and lifestyle.

She is a very generous person, who wants her students to succeed with their Copics. When she has a live Chat, she shares her latest paper tips, etc. She's just the greatest.

Now, I have only taken her classes on line, but reading blogs by other instructors, they all seem to be passionate these markers, and I'm sure you would get the support by each of them. Their blogs are filled with support and hints on how to be better, and that tells volumes about them....... Not all offer on line classes and that is the catch, so good luck in your choice. You will have fun learning and that's the best part, watching your growth!!

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:23 AM   #555
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I posted a question about coloring in the Techniques forum. If you have a minute, could you please help me out? Thanks!

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I'm really not sure if I am posting this in the right place so let me know if I'm doing this wrong.

My hubby is coming over to the states on Sunday from the uk for work for a few days and i'm trying to work out where I should send him if he has the time. Ideally I want him to get me a set of copic sketch markers as they are much cheaper over your way than here in the uk.

He's going to be working at the pocono raceway in PA and I was wondering if any of you lovely helpful people know of anywhere in the area he can go to fulfil my shopping list! Obviously if a few spellbinders or stamps or whatever also fell into the basket I wouldn't be too upset!
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I'm really not sure if I am posting this in the right place so let me know if I'm doing this wrong.

My hubby is coming over to the states on Sunday from the uk for work for a few days and i'm trying to work out where I should send him if he has the time. Ideally I want him to get me a set of copic sketch markers as they are much cheaper over your way than here in the uk.

He's going to be working at the pocono raceway in PA and I was wondering if any of you lovely helpful people know of anywhere in the area he can go to fulfil my shopping list! Obviously if a few spellbinders or stamps or whatever also fell into the basket I wouldn't be too upset!
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There is a Hobby Lobby in Scanton, PA which is about 45 minutes away and there is also one in Easton, PA which is about an hour from the Pocono Speedway. I would say if he were going to be there for any length of time, that you should order them online from Oozak or Carpe Diem and have them shipped to him there. They each have fabulous prices. Oozak has a fantastic delivery also.
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There is a Hobby Lobby in Scanton, PA which is about 45 minutes away and there is also one in Easton, PA which is about an hour from the Pocono Speedway. I would say if he were going to be there for any length of time, that you should order them online from Oozak or Carpe Diem and have them shipped to him there. They each have fabulous prices. Oozak has a fantastic delivery also.
Unfortunately he's only going for about 3 days and leaving Sunday. If i'd known earlier i'd have considered ordering and have him collect when he got there. I might have put a pti order in too as it's extortionate to buy them and have them delivered to the uk!

Think 45 mins might be a bit too far away but I'll give him the details, you never know. Is there anywhere else? I'm also assuming that michaels sell the sets of 72 copic sketches. I'm after set e (the orig sets not the new papercrafting ones).
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Unfortunately he's only going for about 3 days and leaving Sunday. If i'd known earlier i'd have considered ordering and have him collect when he got there. I might have put a pti order in too as it's extortionate to buy them and have them delivered to the uk!

Think 45 mins might be a bit too far away but I'll give him the details, you never know. Is there anywhere else? I'm also assuming that michaels sell the sets of 72 copic sketches. I'm after set e (the orig sets not the new papercrafting ones).
Okay, well, there is a Michael's in Stroudsburg, which is about 1/2 hour from Long Pond; one in Wilkes-Barre (45 min.); and one in Whitehall (1 hr.). So looks like the best bet is the one in Stroudsburg. Don't know if they sell them in sets or not.
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Thanks for the reply. Might have to send him over and just hope they do.
I understand you can get coupons for michael's. Is that correct?
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