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Old 05-31-2008, 03:02 PM   #1  
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I thought the Brilliance Graphite "black" ink was supposed to be good but it's not working for me. When I color with the markers, it smears. I used the heat gun on it and then let it sit for 5 mins. Is this not right?
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You need to heat set it before you use the Copic markers. It should work just fine after it's heat set. HTH!

Edited to add: I heat set mine really well... I hold the gun on it for quite a while and then I even heat the back of the cardstock too.
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It may also be the paper you are using. Which kinds have you tried? I use the Georgia Pacific from Walmart and the white from Paper Trey and I don't even need to heat set.
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I used the heat gun before I tried the Copic's and then I let the paper sit for 5 mins. I'm using Papertrey white cardstock.
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My ink is Brilliance Pigment Graphite Black. Is it not supposed to be pigment ink maybe.
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its the right ink, just try heat setting it a little longer.
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Okay, I tried heat setting it longer front and back of paper AND leaving it sit for 20 mins on my desk before coloring. Whenever the Copic marker touches the black stamped ink, it smears it.
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Odd, it should be working. I always use the Brilliance pigment black and I don't even have to heat set mine. Sorry, I'm at a loss!
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problem, to get around it have been clear embossing over the ink (I won't wait half the day for the ink to dry, too impatient ). Will keep checking back here to see what other ideas folks have.
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I use Adirondack pitch black and it works like a charm. No smudging at all..
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I use Memories black...you can even pick it up at M's or J's with a coupon! I use the 110 lb. cardstock from Office Max and drying time is MINIMAL and I don't heat set! I really like Versafine because you get such a good image, but it seems to take FOREVER to dry!
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I use Palette ink and Neenah white cardstock. No smearing!
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I use Adirondak ink(no heat setting) and Neenah paper.
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That's really strange - I *only* use Graphite Black Brilliance with Copics as I find it's the only ink I have that won't smear. I don't usually heat set it, I just set it aside for a half-hour or so. Maybe you got a bad inkpad?

I haven't tried it with the Papertrey though. I always use the Georgia Pacific and I love it!
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I use brilliance black with PTI paper with no problems. Maybe you need to heat set longer. I stamp, heat set, and color immediately most of the time and don't have problems with smearing.
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Brilliance used to smear here too, but since I use the Neenah cardstock it's OK (after heat set).
It's the Adirondack that used to be OK and that is now smearing with the Neenah...
I can't wait to get hold of the Memento ink, which I've heard is very good. My LSS has all colors except black and brown...
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You could also try Ranger Distress Inks...I have had great luck with them...even with lighter colour copics and dark inks. For example, I stamped an outline letter in red and coloured it in with yellows...no smearing!!
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I use pallett ink. It doesn't smear nor need to be heated.
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Hmm, I wonder if where everyone lives -- temperature, humidity, and altitude -- impacts ink performance. I have used brilliance graphite with luck sometimes. I tried the black soot distress ink with no luck and a lot of smearing. And I have tried pitch black with some luck. I usually use papertrey paper, never tried neenah. It seems that the only ink I get consistently good results with is Palette Noir Hybrid. I never have smearing with it.
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my friend and I just went to a class on using copics with stamps. They said to use Versacolor black ink and then Adirondac clear embossing powder. I think the paper quality has something to do with it too, though
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This must have something to do with humidity... Because as last week Brilliance ink was OK, today it is not working at all, it is smearing everywhere. And I heat set it more than should be enough...
But today it's very humid here, even inside with the air conditionning, humidity is at almost 60%. This must have something to do with the smearing. Because I'm using the same ink pad, same cardstock, I heat set it for about the same amount of time...
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