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Posted 2/23/2013 by SuPeaNatural in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 2/23/2013 2:21:13 PM
I just read the Copic thread and am wonding about the difference between these two brands specifically. I ask because I can buy the TH ones at a discount.

So for those who have used both, which do you think is better?

Helen *Mc
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Posted: 2/23/2013 2:36:17 PM
Thats a hard question, because they're not exactly the same as each other. Distress markers can be used for more distressing and technique things where the copics are used more for illustration and colouring. Thats not the saying you can't do great things with both.

Distress markers have a slightly longer open time than other markers, are water reactive, the color doesn't break down in them after applying water either, so there are various different looks and styles you can create with them. You can use them almost like watercolors to a certain extent, and on stamps, among other things.

As you've read the copics thread, you probably know more than I do about them, but I've heard they are great quality. The nibs are also different to distress markers.

I guess it depends a lot on what you want to use them for the most. For me, the distress markers were an easy choice as I love techniques and the ability to get different looks.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 2:55:45 PM
Copics are alcohol based, whereas distress markers are water based. They're completely different, so you can't really compare them. Copics are for coloring stuff and they blend well and can be refilled. Distress markers would probably be used best with watercolor paper and don't blend the same. I think they're like the distress inks, just in marker form. So it depends on what you want to do with the markers, but they're not interchangeable.


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Posted: 2/23/2013 6:57:31 PM
Thanks for the replies girls, I'll have to do some more thinking before I invest in any.

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Posted: 2/23/2013 8:44:33 PM
I have both.
I really went crazy with Copics a couple of years ago, and then the distress came out.

Yes, Copics also need special coated paper.

Distress ink markers can be used on lots of papers and surfaces, but remember that they are water based.

Check out Tim Holtz's videos on his blog.
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