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Posted 10/13/2011 by BEF2008 in General Stamping


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Posted: 10/13/2011 10:19:06 AM
I learned stamping from Stamping Up demos so I haven't jumped on the Copics thing. I got asked to teach a card class but I'm way out of touch with new techniques. If I use blender pens, am I being hopelessly old fashioned? The store already offers a Copics class so I don't want/need to use them. I want to do something different. Help!

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Posted: 10/13/2011 10:47:28 AM
I don't have Copics either. I use Tombow Markers with and without a blender pen. I also use color pencils, Twinkling H2Os, watercolors, inks, and more. I think there is still a lot of interest in learning techniques other than using Copics.

If you're feeling out of touch with the newer techniques, I suggest you visit Tim Holtz's Product Demo website. Start out with his videos on using Distress Inks. Then go on from there. Video Tutorial Demos

Also, here on Two Peas, we have had a number of wonderful stamping classes. Check out Jennifer McGuire's series of video tutorials: Thinking Inking.

You'll find Jennifer's classes and more on the Stamping Classes Thread



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Posted: 10/13/2011 11:19:05 AM
I haven't bought into Copics either. I use Tombow markers, Prismacolor Pencils, chalks and other things to do my coloring.

As saturated as everything is with Copics right now, you might find people to be really appreciative of something other than Copics.

Daria had a really good idea to check out the Tim Holtz stuff if you are looking for something more "current".

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Posted: 10/13/2011 5:45:01 PM
LOL, 'BEF'! My 'answer' to your title question (a good one) is "don't know; don't care".

Kinda 'ditto' on the "hopelessly old-fashioned" 'Q'. As you already know, stamping isn't tied to specific products or (even) techniques.

That said, however...?

Based on your post, I take it this will be an in-store class. Fine! Check with the owner &/or class person & ask their advice. Roam the store & see what they have lots of--'specially coloring options.

You might make 2-3 sample cards using the same stamps & composition, then use different ways to 'color' them that introduce masking & other tried & true stamping techniques that have been around for centuries--masking, shadowing, etc.


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Posted: 10/14/2011 11:10:55 AM
Lots of good tips, thank you! I have lots of videos to watch now, LOL!


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Posted: 10/15/2011 10:43:41 PM
I don't use Copics. I have the hardest time with the price point and I don't have a ton of time to work on just the coloring.

Even though I am a Stampin' Up! demo, I don't use blender pens that often. My favorite way to color is with an Aquapainter (I am sure they go by another name too)and ink refills. It is quick and I don't have a lot of learning to do with the Copics.

I peruse a lot of blogs (Not just SU! ones) and I really don't feel that Copics are overwhelmingly used.

I have noticed that Distress Inks are used often.


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Posted: 10/16/2011 2:13:20 PM
I haven't joined the Copic trend, I'm still with markers, ink pads, chalks, watercolors and blender pens (I have acrylic paints too, but I don't use blender pens with those). I think people in a class might appreciate how blender pens can give new life to the coloring tools they already have, and how they can achieve the trendy current look of blended color, without making a huge investment in new coloring tool/system (Copics).


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Posted: 10/16/2011 11:36:20 PM
I still use blender pens! I have a Tombow blender, a SU blender and a Dove blender. Why I need all three? Hmm, I don't know! I think some are a little dried up. The Dove can be refilled. I like to use a blender with Tombows to get a lighter shade. Like getting two markers for the price of one. I take color off the marker with the blender, and then color with the blender.

Have fun with your class. I think you've gotten good advice here already!



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Posted: 10/17/2011 8:39:31 AM
i have use Copics markers but they got to be too much money so i dont use them anymore. i sold them all.

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Posted: 10/18/2011 4:05:48 PM
I think people might appreciate you showing an alternative method to the copics, especially if someone at the store already teaches copics it might be nice if you offered another option that didn't involve such a big outlay of money.

Having said that, I admit that I just recently got sucked into the great copic vortex. I was seeing projects on line that had been done using the copics and I loved the intense smooth colours they were able to acheive so I bought a few to try them, but I quickly found out that I really needed three markers for every colour I used, if I wanted to be able to acheive the nice shading I liked. I probably would have stopped there, but a trip I'd been planning for a while fell through, due to a family situation, and my husband suggested I use the trip money to buy the copics I wanted and cheer myself up since I couldn't get away. It really is a big money pit though I have already bought a lot but everytime I do a project it seems there are one or two other markers I "need" that I don't have yet.


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Posted: 10/18/2011 5:50:24 PM
Let me preface this by saying that I am somewhat of a newbie. But another alternative are the BIC Mark-it alcohol-based markers. I bought a 36pk after seeing a tutorial by Gina from Gina K Designs. I've tried them and they work well. May not be as great as the Copics, but really close. I do have a few Copics because BIC only has 36 colors. I bought a Copic colorless blender. It works perfectly with the BICs and you don't get color on your blender pen just like you don't with the Copics. I've also heard that the Sharpies work well too, but I haven't tried them. That's a pretty good alternative to Copics.


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Posted: 10/19/2011 9:05:21 AM
I have been stamping for years and I don't use Copics. They are flat out too expensive. I use Tombow markers with the blender pens and I love them! I also use SU! watercolor crayons, Prismacolor pencils, Watercolor pencils, twinkling H2O's, and paper piecing in my stamping. I don't feel that Copics are the only way to go and many will like the option of less expensive colorants.


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Posted: 10/19/2011 4:51:40 PM
I am still a blender pen person, also a huge fan of Aqua Painters. I used to have copics, but it seems like unless you have all the colors, you are always missing the ones you don't have. With blender pens, you can get the most out of your markers and reinkers.

Meg Daves


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Posted: 10/22/2011 11:16:11 AM
Ok I'm going to be the lone voice of favor for copics. Copics aren't that expensive if you think about it. the pen is around $6 but you can get a refill for about the same price 6 to 8 depending on where you buy them. One pen refilled for 8 times which is the average number of refills you get out of a bottle. That right there brings the pen down to $12 for 7 pens or about $2 a pen so each time you refill the amount goes down even more. Even if you have to replace a nib they run about $1 each so the pens are still cheaper.

i have went through a complete refill on my face colors at least once the same with some of my other earth tones. So if you figure the average tombow is about $2 a pen if you use your pens continuously like I do you are going to end up spending the $12 on pens in 6 pens and still have to keep buying more.


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Posted: 10/23/2011 2:47:00 AM
I don't have any Copics yet and I don't plan on purchasing any of them!
And I don't feel 'old fashioned' either *lol*

I just LOVE my Tombows and I am also using watercolor pencils and sometimes Distress inks to color in my stamped images.
I like the results and I never felt 'bad' or 'old fashioned' using these mediums.

I think it's irrelevant which coloring medium you use, as long as you feel comfortable using them and you like the results!


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Posted: 10/23/2011 8:11:42 AM
I don't use my blender pen, have one though! I just forgot about it.

I use mostly Copics, but have brought out my watercolor pencils lately. Those are so much better for shading around images.

I think I just might pull out my blender pen now.

Lesley Langdon


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Posted: 10/25/2011 11:12:07 AM
I have to admit that I do love my Copics.

BUT with that being said, I still colour with my Stampin' Up marker, water pens, Bics and Sharpies.

I just did a journal page with my Stampin Up marker and the water pen.

water colour page

The whole page (background as well) was done with my Stampin' Up markers


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