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Posted 6/27/2012 by tracyscraplady4life in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 6/27/2012 1:06:21 PM
I have a cricut expression and I have had the machine for over a year now, but I recently purchased the markers that go with the machine. And honestly I thought because there were so many in the pack that that meant there were some that were fine, medium and wide point.

Well there aren't and I have seen lots of videos showing a sharpie holder, and I am considering purchasing one, but you can't use sharpie markers with copic markers (? or so I heard a while ago).

So what do you use to print and cut. I have been using my printer and then cutting using my cricut for over a year but since replacing my printer, I can't get images to line up at all anymore. And it might be the fact that I haven't played with it for a while.

But any advice would be appreciated. I need to print and cut several images that I need to color in (to customize) and I can't get these two machines to work together and the markers I have are way too thick for me to draw the image with them.

So please any information that you can share on being able to get crisp fine images draw with your machine and using copics would be awesome!!


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Posted: 6/27/2012 4:42:29 PM
I only did this a few times. I would use the markers and draw the the shape. Then I would change the marker out and put the blade back in, hit load mat, repeat last, and cut. This time the blade will cut it out. But since the marker draws a thick line, the blade usually cuts the marker line in half, so you don't end up with the entire marker line.

But, my problem was that the machine didn't always line the mat back up in the exact same place, so the cut would be off by a little bit. This drove me crazy, and I just quit using the markers.


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Posted: 6/27/2012 5:41:10 PM
Have you tried Amy Chomas' blog?
I've never used my expression with the markers but I would think Amy would be the one to know how to answer your question.

Good luck! Hope it works for you!
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Posted: 6/27/2012 8:06:05 PM
Thanks Shara!!

Tracy, I've used the Copics quite a few times by drawing with the mini gel pen holder I sell, and then coloring in my designs. It doesn't smear! I do let the ink dry, usually at least 15 minutes.
Here are a bunch I have done by drawing with the Chomas Creations mini gel pen holder... my blog

Here is an example I just love! The title, Buzz and Woody are all drawn with the mini gel pen holder then colored in with the Copics.


After you draw with the mini gel pen holder you can shadow cut around the image. This is easiest if you are using Design Studio or Cricut Craft Room.

I'll keep an eye on this thread if you have any questions!


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Posted: 6/27/2012 10:39:24 PM
Thanks for the info. I did find your blog (Amy C) before the thread and that is how I know about the gel pens. (Awesome videos too!!) I think I will order the holder and see. I really truly was hoping for a black image (simular to stamping).

I just really an trying to visualize the image with gel pens and usually gel pens aren't that consistant when it comes to writing. And that is why I guess I am so reluctant.

So has anyone used sharpies with their copic markers before and found out that sharpies really do destroy copics? I am going to test it out and see...

Oh I'm not using any cricut design program for images and cutting them.


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Posted: 6/28/2012 6:52:50 AM
Most gel pens write best being straight up and down. Now while that isn't ideal when hand writing, it is ideal in the die cut machines! You'd be suprised at how well gel pens write in the Cricut lol! Funny but true.
And thank you!


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