My Latest Obsession: Copic Markers

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I am way late on jumping on the train of alcohol markers for coloring. The reason is that way back when I started crafting, I purchased some alcohol inks by Tim Holtz, and given my total lack of skills as I was just starting out, I failed miserably at getting good results with them, and I just got scarred for life and gave up on the alcohol inks. And by association, I never even remotely considered trying alcohol markers. I was just full of misconceptions! But that is all in the past now, and here I am to share what I have learned.

Stamp: Mama Elephant (Whimsical Winter)

Why I love alcohol markers

I can use them on regular cardstock or even directly card bases, and no matter how many times you color over the same spot, the paper won’t pill!! I love coloring with watercolors, which are a forgiving medium and overall I’d say are the cheapest one; yet I dislike that I need to use watercolor paper for them. Here’s a simple and quick card I made directly onto the (cheap) card base (from Michaels):

They blend incredibly well. There are a lot of colors available, and they recommend getting 3 colors in the same family to ensure a good blend. I found them very easy to use! The only tip I have is to start from the lighter color and move towards darker colors, going back to the lighter color to blend.

They have a brush tip and a broad tip – the brush tip is flexible (though not as much as a Tombow dual brush pen) and is great for coloring.

What I can live with

Of course nothing is ever perfect, so these markers do have some drawbacks.

Yes, alcohol markers do bleed. Here’s a photo of the back of the same critters. I can live with this – either I can die cut the stamped shapes like I did here, or use a backing on the card. I used Neenah solar white cardstock for these.

They are expensive. There are two main types of Copic markers: the Copic Sketch and the Copic Ciao. The former have a body that is oval in shape and have the widest variety of colors: 358. The Ciao markers cost around 25-30% less than the Sketch, have a round barrel, and come in 180 colors. I decided to go with the Ciao markers because I feel like it’s better to cap my color selection pool to 180 rather than 358 :), and I can get more bang for my buck. The fact that they are round makes them more prone to rolling on the table, but the lids have a ledge that stops the rolling; also I read that the Sketch markers are bigger and I was afraid they would feel too big in my hands.

Since both types of markers are refillable, even though the Ciao can fit less ink, I think the Ciao are cheaper in the short and long run. The only thing I miss is that the lids of the Sketch markers have the color number printed on them, while the Ciao ones don’t.

How I started

They sell sets of these markers, but I decided to purchase individual colors so I can pick and choose the ones I want. Plus there wasn’t really a discount in buying the set. I’m thinking I won’t need all 180 of them – you can see the full range on the Copic website.

I started by purchasing 13 colors plus the colorless blender (which I haven’t quite learned how to use yet, other than as an eraser to fix small mistakes). I chose yellows/oranges and pinks/reds, plus a couple of browns and grays – the goal was to see if I liked them.

Here’s the colors I ordered to start:

Here’s what they look like on copy paper:

And like them I did :), so I went ahead and ordered 21 more – violets, blues and greens.

In the process, I found a new (to me) online store: I love that it has discounted prices on the entire store (Sketch markers are $5.24 each, and Ciaos are $3.59 each), and shipping for orders above $25 is free! You can’t beat that. Also, the shipping is same day if you order before 2 PM MST. I am blown away by the speedy service: I placed my last order on Friday afternoon, and it had shipped in just half an hour!! They arrived today.

And here’s the swatch:


In short, I find that while I did not NEED these markers in my craft supplies, they are fun and easy to use, and I am glad I tried them out. I love how smooth the color is once it’s laid down! I’m not planning to get all the colors in the collection at this point, but we’ll see how that goes! 🙂

I’m headed on a business trip later this week but as soon as I am back I will be playing with all my new markers! I can’t wait!

Have you tried Copic markers? I’d love to hear what you think!

And More Cards

While my craft room is now mostly complete, I have been super busy and on travel for work, so I still haven’t branched out from making cards – I love how quick and easy it is to work on a card. I also bought a bunch of new supplies lately, and I love trying them out this way. Here are the cards I made last week. The first two are with a fun stamp from Simon Says Stamp.


And the last one is with a stamp by Altenew.

I added some Nuvo Drops to embellish. Quick and easy!

This next week is going to be crazy busy too, but I hope to manage to put away all my crafty supplies in my newly assembled furniture, so I can get back to creating next week!

October Mixed Media Monthly and Halloween Bash at The Lilypad

Hello and happy Friday! It’s another weekend of fun planned at The Lilypad, with new releases and the Halloween Bash games and challenges, plus a 31% sale on all Halloween products! I was on a roll this week, and made 4 pages.

Enchanted Bundle by Sabrina’s Creations

Seriously, how awesome is our backyard view?!? Even prettier with the fall colors.

October ’17 Mixed Media Monthly from The Lilypad

This month the Mixed Media Monthly doesn’t disappoint (when does it ever??)!

Private & Confidential Mixed Media PapersPrivate and Confidential elements and Private & Confidential Layered Torn Paper Masks by Dawn Inskip

We went to the pumpkin patch this week so of course I had to scrap that right away. 🙂

Spook Halloween Kit – Storyteller October 2017 Add-on by Just Jaimee

I also used this kit to dress up Bart for one of the popular games – Kiss the Frog. Doesn’t he look adorable? 🙂 I hope you’ll play along!

Have a great weekend!

Paint Resist Card

Sharing yet one more card I made for the Merry Making class. At first I wasn’t a fan of this technique – paint resist – but I ended up loving how this card turned out. Still not sure that I will use this technique again, though.

I stamped the pines with distress paint (mowed lawn), then watercolored on top using Kuretake Gansai Tambi, and embellished with Nuvo Drops. (my latest addiction). I love the colors I used for this card!

I added some silver shimmer from the watercolors for extra shine.

Masking with Watercolor Card

I’m still having fun making cards along with the Merry Making class. This one right here uses a masking fluid + watercolor technique, and is the reason I signed up for the class: I love the example card too much! I used a different stamp set for mine that I had in house, and I love how it turned out!!

I used masking fluid and Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors, and the adorable Winter Woodland Wonders stamp set by Avery Elle.

I will definitely be making more winter scenes with this technique!

Lost Without You

I made a quick card tonight, using two stamp sets I recently purchased – Sketchy Florals by Altenew and Otterly Awesome by Ellen Hutson:

So simple and easy! Watercolored with distress inks, and I added some Nuvo Drops to embellish.

My Monthly Hero Kit

As promised, I have a new card to share! It’s the only one I had time to make this weekend, but I love how it turned out! I made it with the October My Monthly Hero kit, which sold out the day it was released, and I am so glad I was able to get mine!

I stamped all the little images on watercolor paper using Tsukineko Versafine Onyx Black ink, then colored them in with ZIG clean color watercolor brush pens. This card was inspired by May, who is one of the instructors in the Merry Making class I am taking at Online Card Classes (and loving!).

The red background is a card base, blended with Candied Apple Distress Oxide ink.

Have a lovely week!