CTMH Consultants - New Alcohol Ink Markers?

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Posted 8/8/2012 by kstpeter in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 8/8/2012 10:55:46 AM
Do our CTMH consultants have any initial feedback on the new alcohol ink markers that came out in the new Idea Book?

I spent the last year completing my color pallet in the old "exclusive inks" markers and have been somewhat disappointed in them. Many markers were dried out the first time I went to use them, on others the colors are not good (for example, Creme Brulee looks like brown and Sorbet looks like a rusty burnt orange). My consultant did right by me and got me 6 new markers to replace those, but even since then I've come across yucky colors when working on a project. I would expect markers less than a year old to dry out. BTW, I do store them horizontally in my Marker tower.

I had started buying a few Copics but am looking for some input on these new CTMH markers. I am not an alcohol marker expert by any means - I'm kind of at Kindergarten level LOL - so I think that the two shades you get will work fine for me. I just don't want to start building up my pallet with these new markers and then be disappointed again.

Thanks in advance for your input!


- Tina


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Posted: 8/8/2012 11:29:30 AM
I want to hear some feedback as well.

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Posted: 8/8/2012 1:02:13 PM
I am a consultant and am awaiting for my order to arrive. I was unable to go to CTMH convention but what I have been told is that our alcohol ink markers are not meant to replace or compete with Copics. Wise decision on the part of my company. The ink formulation developed for these markers is to make blending easier from what I have read. I asked specifically if the markers would need a different type of card stock to work at their best and was told that they work well with our cardstock.

I am going to be at a my upline's home today and she has two of the markers that was included in product given at convention. I will play with them a bit and see what I can tell you. I am sure there are consultants here who may have all of them by now.

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Posted: 8/10/2012 10:31:54 AM
Any other CTMH consultants to chime in??

I did find a youtube video of a demo and I actually like that they are not marketing them as "equivalent" to Copic. I bought about 12 Copics before I heard a whisper that the new CTMH book was going to have alcohol markers, so I stopped buying them. I was way, way overwhelmed by them anyway. I tried a few tutorials and am very beginner level, but I usally love CTMH products and they are a more affordable option, plus match the color pallet I already have.

Just looking for some word of mouth feedback before I dive in.


- Tina


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Posted: 8/10/2012 11:21:29 AM
I have some on order, so I have not personally used them yet. They are getting great reviews from fellow consultants. The latest consultant to post to our consultant bulletin board says they color beautifully, even with the fine tip end. She also mentioned not liking our old markers, but is very impressed with the new ones. She also has had some Copics, so, she was able to compare them. She's looking forward to ordering more markers as they become available. (Not all colors are ready to ship yet).

Suz



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Posted: 8/10/2012 2:10:21 PM
Suz, thanks for weighing in on what youre hearing from other consultants. I appreciate it!


- Tina


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Posted: 8/10/2012 2:24:29 PM
CTMH considers their markers disposable items. I would recommend any buy the markers just to collect the colors, because they may very well dry out if they are just sitting around for 6 months. They might be fine, but they may not.

I don't really have an opinion as to how well they color and blend, I am not really a marker expert, as I prefer to use solid stamps with colored ink.

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Posted: 8/10/2012 5:57:40 PM
Hmmm. By "disposable", I thought that meant that they were not refillable, not that they'd dry out.

Can anyone confirm what the expected life of the new markers is? Because even at under $6 for two, that's $200 to get a complete set and that is not a disposable cost to me...


- Tina


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Posted: 8/10/2012 8:34:37 PM
No idea how long the will last but I hope they last longer than the old markers. I always hated those and I think most consultants agreed - I wish I had discovered that before I bought any and am glad they are retired. I tried a couple of copics but never bought enough in the right colors to be able to blend them properly.

I just pulled out the CTMH ones that came in the mail the other day and played on a piece of scratch paper. They seem to blend the way I would hope they would. I only bought 2 sets and the blending pen. I know they consider them disposable but I was told that was because they were not refillable not that they would dry out. I guess only time will tell but I think they normally have really good quality products the old markers seemed to be the only questionable product I have ever seen of theirs. I still have my old markers and only a few have any issues and all of mine are several years old.

I am planning on adding several more to my collection - a couple of the colors weren't available yet but will be available on the 15th I think it was. I don't plan on getting all of them though just a few here and there as I need them. I now need to go through my stamp collection and look for stamps that need to be colored.


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Posted: 8/10/2012 8:36:02 PM
Oh and talking to my upline everyone that has tried them loves them. Some had used copics in the past as well. I like that they aren't trying to compete with copics as I agree that would be foolish.


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Posted: 8/12/2012 6:17:21 PM
I'm way excited about our new markers. Yes our old ones did dry out quickly.

The new alcohol markers are not meant to be compared to copics at all.

They are alcohol based,
There is a fine tip and a broad tip. The broad tip is not soft and bendable like copics but more rigid.
They come in sets of 2 that are compatible. When you look at the Idea Book there will be a circle next to the name. If it's filled in it means the 2nd marker will be a darker compatible color and if it's empty the 2nd marker will be lighter.
No special paper is needed but you do need to put something under what you're coloring because they will bleed through.
To get a deeper tone you can simply apply multiple coats.
They are disposable which means you can't refill them but it doesn't mean they have a short life span.
They blend nicely with less visible strokes.

I've colored in flowers with varying shades and they work and look beautiful. I will have posts on my blog soon but right now I'm featuring the artiste cart.

I'd be happy to answer any other questions or help in anyway.
My vote is 2 thumbs up for CTMH and their alcohol markers.


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Posted: 8/12/2012 9:16:11 PM
My rep doesn't know exact shelf life but said they were tested a really long time before they came out due to previous complaints.


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Posted: 8/12/2012 9:17:33 PM
Thanks for all the feedback. I'm kinda bummed because I had literally, in June, finally completed my pallet of the exclusive inks markers. It's going to take me forever to get all these new alcohol markers. I have no idea what colors to start with!


- Tina


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Posted: 8/14/2012 3:28:57 PM
Yes, when companies change product colors and lines, it is a bummer to many of us. I am still playing with the CTMH new alcohol markers. Not sure exactly what I think yet. I am a CTMH consultant so I want to keep using them until I have it down. Nothing will compare with Copics.

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Posted: 8/14/2012 5:24:44 PM

CTMH considers their markers disposable items. I would recommend any buy the markers just to collect the colors, because they may very well dry out if they are just sitting around for 6 months. They might be fine, but they may not.



I have not heard anything like this from CTMH. They are considering them disposable because they are not refillable, and their price point is less expensive than the Copics.



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Posted: 8/14/2012 7:12:17 PM
I am also a CTMH consultant. I have never used COPIC markers before, so alcohol markers are new to me. I only have the one set that was given to us at convention and used them on

this project.

This is my strategy for getting the markers. Most of the colors featured in our current kits from the winter catalog all come from the "Adventure" color family. Those will work well with all the Thanksgiving and Christmas stamps that I might work with this catalog cycle. Once I have worked with the markers for a while, I will decide if I need more.

I hope this helps.

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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:35:06 AM
BTT for slyn11...

Any other consultants using the alcohol markers now they've been out a while?

I'm also looking for feedback, since I had literally finally purchased all of the old exclusive inks markers the month before the new book came out. I don't know if I should start making the investment in the new markers...


- Tina


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Posted: 11/11/2012 10:09:06 AM
Not to hijack the thread - but since CTMH consultants are responding to questions about new products and products being discontinued. I was wondering why all of the how-to books were discontinued, even the fairly new Magic book? I was also wondering why CTMH has stopped selling cardstock in multi-color packs?
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