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Old 02-16-2014, 02:46 PM   #1
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Does anyone know (or can anyone share) when the Stampin Up Copic Markers will be available ? I am hostess in my stamp club this month (February) and would love to be able to order them.

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Can't wait! I'm not any help, I know...sorry.
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Has it been confirmed that they are copic brand or just something similar? I read April for a release date. I've also read "new catalog" so who knows.
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We don't have an official date for them yet. They're called Blendabilities (and are not Copics but are Copic-like in that they are alcohol markers).
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I wonder how spendy they will be; I got in on the regular copic when they started for some great sale prices. Someone has figured the SU color companions for them, also
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Are they refillable?
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my su demo told us they will be sold in sets or color families. I like the fact that with Copics you can buy the colors you will use. Also, demo said that she thought they would be refillable but she would check into it. Bobbi
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If you google blendabilities you'll see a lot of sites with the color chart.
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Reportedly not.

They'll be in sets (shades) of three. I seem to remember that the pricing was $11.95/set. There will also be a set of six skin tones and a color remover; don't recall hearing the pricing on those.
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That's less than $4 a marker, but only available in sets of three? I will play with them if my demo gets any but that's it. I've stayed away from Copics- too expensive and I do fine with watercolor techniques using SU water-based markers and inks. I feel no need to invest in a more expensive medium for coloring.
SU seems to like offering more and more items in sets, sure hope they don't attempt that with their ink pads and/or refills! Can you imagine?
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Bummer. I thought about getting some for dd since she's been using my copics a lot but if they aren't refillable, forget it. If you could buy one pen at a time, that would be fine. But who wants to buy 3 pens if only one is dried up?
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To me it doesn't seem like such a good deal at even $4 a pen especially if they aren't refillable and I can get Copics for $5 that are refillable and the nubs replaceable.
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Has SU! released any more information about these or when they will be available?
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Nothing new to report yet. Still hoping for the end of this month.
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They sound to me like the Spectrum markers sold by A C Moore and such. I bought a couple of them and with my first use they cannot hold a candle to Copic.
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I will be following this...I'm a die-hard copic person. I know they cost a little more, but I always have a smile when I'm using them...no worry....will SU be the same @ $4......SU does have good products...???.
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If su is going to charge $4.00 each (and in a set, too - not my favorite choice), I'll stick with my copics (4.85 from Carpe Diem). Love Copics.
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Update last week said demos could preorder 6 of the 12 colors in the first release color group on May 1. The date for customers is still unknown as they're trying to figure out what the response will be. The sets of 3 are for one color, not for 3 separate. I'm not sure if the people posting above understood that or not. Same concept as Copics that you want a light, medium and dark to make the beautiful blending. So the Cherry Cobbler, for example will come with a light, medium and dark in that shade. I understood why you wouldn't want the group of 3 if you needed to replace 1 marker, but why else would it be a drawback? Everyone I've seen use Copics, uses the 3 colors to shade. I'm beyond thrilled at the price as Copics in my area are $9 each!

I wouldn't say they aren't refillable or that new nubs won't be available as I'm sure that would be something they'd release later probably as it was needed (I haven't heard this! I'm just saying that I think they're seeing how the markers go over before they'd offer additional products). Has anyone refilled their Copics? I've never heard anyone say they did and many sites don't even sell the refills.

Anyway, sorry I don't have a definitive answer for customers, but it will be sometime after the catalog launch on June 1.
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To me the fact that you can't replace just one IS the drawback and for me it's enough of one to not buy them if they aren't refillable (with refills sold in singles). I use way less of the darker shades than I do the lightest or second lightest.

Also, I would be willing to bet that plenty of people have refilled their copics. I've only ordered from 3 places and all 3 sell refills. I have several pens that are close to needing to be refilled.
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I have refilled most of my Copics many times and it is very easy. For less than 6.00 you get a refill that will fill your marker many, many times. I only but a refill after I see that I am using that particular color frequently. I do have many colors that I don't use very often so I don't need a refill. I tend to use the medium shades the most. As far as the SU markers go, here are my thoughts. I don't buy sets of anything. I will decide which colors I will use. I won't buy markers that are not refillable. There were many cheaper markers than copics but I chose them because they were refillable. This was the reason I wouldn't buy Spectrum Noir. The price was great, but when one marker in the set went dry what then? I would have to buy a complete new set. I have heard that they now sell refills but where? I have never seen them. I purchase Copics at Carpe Diem for less than 5.00. I am extremely satisfied the that company and with copics. I only wish they would come out with some new colors I haven't seen any since 2012. Happy stamping...Bobbi
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To me the fact that you can't replace just one IS the drawback and for me it's enough of one to not buy them if they aren't refillable (with refills sold in singles). I use way less of the darker shades than I do the lightest or second lightest.

Also, I would be willing to bet that plenty of people have refilled their copics. I've only ordered from 3 places and all 3 sell refills. I have several pens that are close to needing to be refilled.
Gotcha! It'll be interesting to see if the line expands to refills. I don't mind the markers sold in a set but agree refills sold separately would be ideal. I guess I just never hear the bloggers I love talking about refilling their Copics or how often they have to. I realize they aren't at all the same, but I've had my SU! markers for over 6 years and have never refilled them so I guess I assumed that maybe refilling Copics was only something people who used them in their are jobs daily needed.
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I have refilled most of my Copics many times and it is very easy. For less than 6.00 you get a refill that will fill your marker many, many times. I only but a refill after I see that I am using that particular color frequently. I do have many colors that I don't use very often so I don't need a refill. I tend to use the medium shades the most. As far as the SU markers go, here are my thoughts. I don't buy sets of anything. I will decide which colors I will use. I won't buy markers that are not refillable. There were many cheaper markers than copics but I chose them because they were refillable. This was the reason I wouldn't buy Spectrum Noir. The price was great, but when one marker in the set went dry what then? I would have to buy a complete new set. I have heard that they now sell refills but where? I have never seen them. I purchase Copics at Carpe Diem for less than 5.00. I am extremely satisfied the that company and with copics. I only wish they would come out with some new colors I haven't seen any since 2012. Happy stamping...Bobbi
I understand where you're coming from. Is there a drawback to buying in a set if they did sell refills? I think better understanding how regular users of Copics use their markers can only help me as SU!'s come out.
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For me the drawback for buying in a set is I may not use all 3 colors. And if the refills only come in sets of 3 (I don't know if they will be in sets of 3 or individually, just thinking) I'll be buying refills I may not need. I have markers I use a lot and refill frequently. Others, not so much. I have markers that I wonder what in the world did I think I was going to do with THAT color??? I probably have 20 different shades of pink and I use 4. Maybe I should write a book. Also, I think su markers are going to be in su colors. Matching their paper and inks. I would prefer more of a variety.
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For me the drawback for buying in a set is I may not use all 3 colors. And if the refills only come in sets of 3 (I don't know if they will be in sets of 3 or individually, just thinking) I'll be buying refills I may not need. I have markers I use a lot and refill frequently. Others, not so much. I have markers that I wonder what in the world did I think I was going to do with THAT color??? I probably have 20 different shades of pink and I use 4. Maybe I should write a book. Also, I think su markers are going to be in su colors. Matching their paper and inks. I would prefer more of a variety.
Ok! I'm with you. I guess everyone uses them differently. All of the Copics I have are ones I bought to be sets of 3 (light, medium, and dark) for one color so the SU! concept is exactly the same for me. But if you don't use them in sets of 3, I could see how that wouldn't be optimum. Yes, they will be in SU! colors which is actually exactly what I'm most thrilled about. I found so many different, conflicting reports of which Copics matched SU! cardstock that I'm excited to know for sure and not have any issue with my cardstock not matching an image I spent 30 minutes coloring. Thanks for the info though and for your patience in giving me info on how different people use them. I've seriously only seen a few of the PTI gals use them and Kristina Werner use them and they use them in groups of 3 so I assumed that's what everyone did.
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I have refilled a lot of my Copics at least once and ruined two nibs when I was pulling them out to refill the marker . I had an iron grip on my tweezers when I was pulling out the nib
I would never buy any markers that don't have refills and replacement nibs.
I have refills for all of my Copics except for a few

Although I don't use the dark colors as often as the lighter ones, I found the darker color Copic markers can get gummy . I needed to remove the nib, soak it in alcohol then refill the marker. Therefore it is important to have refills for the dark colors too

Plus there are colors such as yellow that you can get by with only two colors for blending by using the tip to tip method. The idea of having the colorless blender only in a set means they don't realize how often that is used
Imagine if you had to buy a new set of skin colors every time your colorless blend was empty
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I have refilled a lot of my Copics at least once and ruined two nibs when I was pulling them out to refill the marker . I had an iron grip on my tweezers when I was pulling out the nib
I would never buy any markers that don't have refills and replacement nibs.
I have refills for all of my Copics except for a few

Although I don't use the dark colors as often as the lighter ones, I found the darker color Copic markers can get gummy . I needed to remove the nib, soak it in alcohol then refill the marker. Therefore it is important to have refills for the dark colors too

Plus there are colors such as yellow that you can get by with only two colors for blending by using the tip to tip method. The idea of having the colorless blender only in a set means they don't realize how often that is used
Imagine if you had to buy a new set of skin colors every time your colorless blend was empty
The colorless blender is not in the skin tones set. It is sold separately for $4.95 where the skin tones set of 6 markers is $24.95 (I believe). I was at SU! Leadership when they announced these so I'm not 100% sure on the prices (although I'm sure they're in my notes somewhere) but I am positive that those two things are separate items. I'm with you - if it were in a set, that'd be a real problem.
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I am subscribing to this thread. I have resisted buying copics because of the cost and that they did not match SU colors. I was excited about SU finally making alcohol markers, but after reading through these posts, I am not so sure. I hope you will keep posting when they come out and people have tried them, so I can read enough to know if I really want them. Thanks.
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I had a chance to try them earlier this week at a Stampin' Up! event. I have to say that I was impressed how they blend together (hence the name!) vs. the watercolor markers with which I can never get an even layer of color. The advice given was to color in circles.

The good news for demonstrators is that we will be able to order 6 of the color sets with our preorders in May and the skin tone set when the Annual Catalog goes live in June. However, the availability date for customers has not yet been determined nor have the dates for demos on the other 6 colors.
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Thanks for the update. It is good to know things are moving forward, even though it is a ways off.
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I am subscribing to this thread. I have resisted buying copics because of the cost and that they did not match SU colors. I was excited about SU finally making alcohol markers, but after reading through these posts, I am not so sure. I hope you will keep posting when they come out and people have tried them, so I can read enough to know if I really want them. Thanks.
Same here....I never jumped on the copics bandwagon because I never knew where to start! SU would put the shades together for me! I am not sure now either!

Also, I do not have many stamp images that lend themselves to coloring!

I think you all brought up valid concerns. If I can't refill and one dries out I would NEVER buy three to replace the one ;-(
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I always have to chuckle when I hear people talk about how expensive copics are. If you register with Oozak the ciao markers are about $3.70 and sketch markers are $4.99. Since they are refillable (I have refills for my most used markers) they are very reasonable in comparison to SU markers. And with Oozak you get free shipping for orders over $50.
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I always have to chuckle when I hear people talk about how expensive copics are. If you register with Oozak the ciao markers are about $3.70 and sketch markers are $4.99. Since they are refillable (I have refills for my most used markers) they are very reasonable in comparison to SU markers. And with Oozak you get free shipping for orders over $50.
I bought my Copic Sketch from Oozak too. He has great prices and speedy shipping
I also have refills for most of my colors.
Marianne Walker said she has some refills that are 10 years old and fine as long as they are kept in a cool dark place . I followed her suggestion and keep my refills in a solid black plastic file tote ( to keep the light out) and in a cool closet of my house.

Each refill bottle will refill a marker 8-10 times . So for around $10 ( marker and refill cost plus one nib occasionally ) I get the equivalent of 10 markers . $1 per marker

If SU makes the markers available individually and offers refills and replacement nibs they may be a good option especially for Hobby Demos who can buy them at a discount .

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I always have to chuckle when I hear people talk about how expensive copics are. If you register with Oozak the ciao markers are about $3.70 and sketch markers are $4.99. Since they are refillable (I have refills for my most used markers) they are very reasonable in comparison to SU markers. And with Oozak you get free shipping for orders over $50.
To me $4.99 per marker is still expensive. Maybe it's my frugal nature. It is definitely better over the long haul if you refill but I don't use mine enough to have needed very many refills so far. I buy very few SU markers (and since I get a discount on those, they are probably a little more reasonable compared to copics). Since copics are better and totally different markers though, the higher price is worth it. But they are still expensive in my opinion (and I paid less than $4.99 for the majority of my copics).
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For those want to compare the markers costwise, this is over the life of one marker plus one full refill:
Copic Sketch plus refill costs $10.58 (currently from Oozak)--1 marker plus refilled 12 times=cost $0.81 each.
Copic Ciao plus refill costs $9--1 marker pluse refilled 15 times=cost $0.56 each.

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:13 AM   #35
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I was really excited to have the chance to try out the new Blendabilities markers and wanted to share my review of them:
Product Review: Stampin? Up Blendabilities Markers (with lots of samples) | Stamping | CraftGossip.com
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So they aren't refillable? Do the tips look removable?
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I can easily remove the tip so I think they should potentially be refillable. I wasn't given any info about refills being available just that 6 color sets and the Color Remover are available now and 6 more will be available on June 1st.
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It occurred to me that the new In Colors for 2014-2015 seem to be in the same color range as the blendabilities sets. Wouldn't it be great if each Blendablilties set matched one of our SU colors AND one of the In Colors? Does anyone know if that might be the case?
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I tried the blending of colors but eventually decided I did much better by just using the same color on top to darken areas.
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It occurred to me that the new In Colors for 2014-2015 seem to be in the same color range as the blendabilities sets. Wouldn't it be great if each Blendablilties set matched one of our SU colors AND one of the In Colors? Does anyone know if that might be the case?
The only In Color we've seen so far is Coastal Cabana. Perhaps there will be more when the rest of the colors are released.
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