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Old 03-26-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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I just got back from my LSS. I had decided that come hell or high water, this weekend I was going to make nice with my Copics. So, I went to get some Prism paper.

The owner (Allison) told me that they're no longer making Prism paper. It seems that it was outselling Bazzill paper and so Bazzill up and bought them out! AND they discontinued the Prism paper. Discontinuing the paper doesn't make much sense to me, but, whatever.

Allison also said that Neenah is the 2nd best recommended paper for Copics but admits it doesn't perform quite as well. So . . . . if you're a big Copic user, and you're truly married to the Prism paper, it might serve you well to make a special trip to your LSS to stock up before it's all gone.

Has anyone else heard this? Allison apparently found this all out when she tried to restock her inventory.
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Seems like I heard that Prism was closing but didn't know it was because of Bazzill. But just so you know, there are a few other choices that in my opinion are far superior to Neenah for copic use. Papertrey Ink and Couture Cardstock Detail Blending paper are both great price and quality and work beautifully with the copics!
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Old 03-26-2010, 12:05 PM   #3
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Yes I heard that Bazzill bought out Prism. It was just before CHA, I think. My understanding was that Bazzill are continuing some of the Prism line though so your LSS might want to check again to see what's still available.
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Bazzill bought 60 of the Prismatic colors and Simply Smooth White from Prism. They are not discontinued.
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Does anyone know what Bazzill will call the Prism simply smooth white CS?

If we ask for Prism Simply smooth white CS they will say they don't have it when actually it will just be under a different name.
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I think it's Bazzill Simply Smooth now. They are calling the colored line Bazzill Prismatics.
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Copic also makes cardstock in both medium and heavy weight http://www.iheartpapers.com/search.php
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subbing - interesting info!
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Copic also makes cardstock in both medium and heavy weight http://www.iheartpapers.com/search.php
Are you meaning the One Sheet Wonder or Detail Blender paper? I believe those are from Couture Cardstock. They are both made specifically for Copic markers.
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In an email from a LSS the owner mentioned that Bazzill announced a price increase to all retailers. Maybe eventually Bazzill will be the only producer of crafting paper and be able to gouge those of us who need it to live! Kinda like coffee and Starbucks.
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In an email from a LSS the owner mentioned that Bazzill announced a price increase to all retailers. Maybe eventually Bazzill will be the only producer of crafting paper and be able to gouge those of us who need it to live! Kinda like coffee and Starbucks.
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And a re-do/reorganization of their color palette..........at least what I heard from an LSS owner, too.
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I know one thing Bazzill is getting rid of a lot of their Monochromatic Paper.

Which I don't understand why. Hopefully we will see soon what's new coming out.
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The LSS that I teach at stocked up on Simply Smooth White & Cream for my classes, she purchased them from Bazzil, and having tried them, they are indeed Prism, not the Bazzil Smoothies. Good stuff!
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I taught a few Copic classes at a trade show this weekend and I spoke directly with the Bazzill Representatives there. Bazzill did buy out that Prism line and will continue to sell the paper. It is now called Bazzill Simply Smooth. They are not changing it and they are not discontinuing it.

Cathleen - at this time Copic does not make a cardstock weight paper for use with the markers (they do have alchohol marker paper pads and a stamping paper available - but neither is cardstock weight). The paper that you linked is from Couture Cardstock. Couture has two different papers that work with Copic markers also.

I hope that helps clarify.
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Here's Prism's official word on the buyout: http://prismpapers.blogspot.com/

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I'm sure by now - most of you have heard our news....but I just wanted to have one final post on the blog to say goodbye.

Prism Papers is closing after - nearly 8 years of business. Our last day is this Friday the 26th of February. There are probably a few rumors out there floating about - so I figure that this would be the best forum to dispell any of those.

1. Prism is not closing due to the economy. While yes - the economy has affected everyone, our sales have been flat this year, but not really "down". Prism is owned by a large paper company and they are a) going through a computer conversion that would make our portion of the business nearly impossible to keep up. b) They are mainstreaming all the lines of business and Prism doesn't quite fit into any of those anymore.

2. 60 of the Prismatics colors were picked up by Bazzill. No this doesn't mean that Bazzill bought us out and is taking over the world. haha. Prism was closing either way - we approached them to purchase the line because we knew it was something great that the industry should still have even after we are gone. We knew they could do a fantastic job at getting the product out there and representing it well. We're very appreciative to Bazzill for maintaining the Prismatics line. They only chose 60 colors because a) they are the top selling colors b) if they didn't choose it, they probably a color VERY VERY close to something they already stock.

Now, if you were a Prism Customer (store owener) - and wish to purchase your stock from Bazzill now, you can go onto the Bazzill website and download the Wholesale Application (upper right hand corner). You will need to send this in with a copy of your Tax ID. If you tell them that you were a Prism Customer - they will only require that you meet the $150.00 re-order amount. They have a file from us with all our customers to cross-reference.

I sincerely loved working with each of you - and appreciate all your support and encouragement over the last 5 years I've been with Prism Papers. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.

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**UPDATE: ps - yes Bazzill has been convinced to also take the Simply Smooth for the Copic Markers. That will still be available in the market. **
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Copic Cardstock Heavyweight (120lb) White
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One Sheet Wonder has been endorsed by Sally Lynn MacDonald, Copic Design Team Member and Regional Certification Instructor, as the preferred 120 lb white cardstock for alcohol ink shading and coloring. Specifically suited for creating one layer cards, One Sheet Wonder now gives you the ability to custom color your stamped images without bleed through or adding unnecessary bulk.
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When I read this on the iheartPapers site I thought it was a bit misleading as it appears the couture paper is made by and endorsed by Copics. When in fact it is endorsed by a "Copic Design Team" member and "Certification Instructor"
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Colleen Thanks for clearing this up
When I read this on the iheartPapers site I thought it was a bit misleading as it appears the couture paper is made by and endorsed by Copics. When in fact it is endorsed by a "Copic Design Team" member and "Certification Instructor"
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But not just anyone can be a Regional Certification Instructor for Copic. Sally Lynn has this credential, which means she teaches store owners, concept designers, and teachers how to teach Copic classes. That's not her only credential, either. I bow down to her greatness...lol
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But not just anyone can be a Regional Certification Instructor for Copic. Sally Lynn has this credential, which means she teaches store owners, concept designers, and teachers how to teach Copic classes. That's not her only credential, either. I bow down to her greatness...lol
Darling, Shannan - you crack me up. I can't wait to see you in June.

To give little backgrond, One Sheet Wonder came from a desire to give the wonderful store owners that I meet when I teach the Copic Certification Classes a solution to a problem. Many had expressed a need to have a source for a no-bleed through paper available for them to purchase at wholesale for their stores. So I worked with Couture Cardstock, a really great company based on the East Coast; and tested a bunch of different paper samples to find one that met my own personal criteria and fit this particular need.

I have been working with and teaching as a contractor for Copic/Imagination International for about a year and a half. My endorsement of this paper is my personal opinion and not an endorsement by Copic/Imagination International. I believe the text that has been quoted here does a good job of clarifying that relationship. And I stand by my endorsement of this paper. I do not have a monetary relationship with Couture Cardstock. I simply lent my expertise to their extensive resources to create a solution in the market.

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