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Old 06-23-2009, 12:00 AM   #1  
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some of you may not be familiar with digi stamps, I have become addicted to them and allthatscraps.com! So in general i guess then my question would be, does anyone know how i can print something from my hp inkjet all in one printer and color it in and not smear the ink? EVERY marker or technique i have tried smears, and i really want to use my copics to color in these adorable c.c. designs images. Help!
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I spray mine with Blair Spray Fix (a workable fixative), and I haven't had any problems with my Bic Mark Its. I haven't tried watercolors yet. The fixative is sold by TAC, but I think you can buy it in a craft store or art supply store. HTH.
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... does anyone know how i can print something from my hp inkjet all in one printer and color it in and not smear the ink? EVERY marker or technique i have tried smears, and i really want to use my copics to color in these adorable c.c. designs images. Help!
Are you using the normal black ink cartridge? Try switching to the "photo" cartridge. As long as I make sure the HP photo ink is dry, I have no smearing problems with my inkjet printouts and Copic markers.

However, I do have to seal them with a matte workable fixative spray when using watercolors. Heat setting didn't work for mine with the water.
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I always use a sealant on mine after printing. Right now I'm using the Prismacolor fixative. I bought it at Michaels.
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yea i was thinking about heat setting them as well.
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heat setting didn't work, and i tried some photo fixative spray, but it put too much of a coating on and then the copics wouldn't color on it. is there a spray that copics will work on?
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I always use a sealant on mine after printing. Right now I'm using the Prismacolor fixative. I bought it at Michaels.

i went looking for it, is it in a short can, the workable fixative? does yours allow you to color over it after the spray is on and dry?>
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I have printed off tons of digital images and have not had any problems, I even use two different HP all-in-one printers. I use copic markers and I don't do anything except I usually print a page of images and let them sit for a day or two before I color them. Not intentionally just usually works out that way.
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ok girls, i found the paper i used before that worked in my stash, and yea, now i dont' have the smearing. weird huh. I am going to buy some more of that brand, and hopefully it still works, haven't bought it in over a year and michaels carries it. it used to be by the paper company, and now it's recollections, the same sku. so hopefully the new stuff will work, because my GP white from walmart doesn't!
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glad you found something that works for you.
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ok girls, i found the paper i used before that worked in my stash, and yea, now i dont' have the smearing. weird huh. I am going to buy some more of that brand, and hopefully it still works, haven't bought it in over a year and michaels carries it. it used to be by the paper company, and now it's recollections, the same sku. so hopefully the new stuff will work, because my GP white from walmart doesn't!

Digital images are the huge rage right now. I love working with them so much. I've been using GP cardstock from Wal-mart for months now to print off digi images. I have not had a huge problem with smearing at all. Before I bought prismacolor pencils, I was using the watercoloring method on all of my digis and no problem then either (heat set in between colors). I use a Canon Pixma printer using regular inkjet printer and heat set as it comes off of the printer (DH is too cheap to buy photo ink - LOL). I try not to color over the lines and darkened areas of the images to avoid any smearing. I exclusively use prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil for coloring in my images.

If you are looking for a more environmental friendly product other than a fixative spray, try microglaze (it's a pasty substance you rub over the image and made for inkjet printers). Mel from Mel stampz swears by this stuff and says it works great with copics. I've not invested in it since I have not had a problem with smearing.

Here is her post about microglaze: http://melstampz.blogspot.com/2009/0...le-at-lps.html

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