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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:18:40 PM
I haven't scrapbooked at all for years. I used to be really into it and had quite a collection of markers and other supplies. The other day, I was at Michaels, and there was a display of Copic markers next to the checkout lane. I'd heard of them, seen posts on Pinterest, etc, but I had no idea how expensive they are. $8 each? Yikes. I remember back in my early scrapbooking days I thought buying special markers at $2 each was outrageous. Is it just inflation, or are Copic markers some kind of wonderful, special markers? I'm getting back into card making, and I would love to buy some new markers, but not sure I want to spend THAT much on them.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:21:18 PM
They are alcohol based blend-able markers.

YouTube them. They are great and really there is nothing like them anywhere. Several companies have tried to duplicate them but I haven't found any near as good.

I own Prism and they just don't compare IMO but they are a little different.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:26:10 PM
You'll get more info on the GS board.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:33:40 PM

You'll get more info on the GS board.


Oh please....many of us here do still scrap or card make...

Anyhow, I have yet to pay full price. I use a coupon and sometime they are BOGO. They are great to color with.



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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:46:19 PM
I don't scrapbook at all anymore, but I do still have (and use) some Copic markers. I used to work part time at a scrapbook store and got them at a great discount. The tips on them are really nice and make it easy to do detailed work. They're also blendable which can be fun.

That being said, I wouldn't pay $8 for one. Use a coupon or wait for a sale.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:50:07 PM
I LOVE my copics. There are no other markers for coloring in stamped images or illustrations. (But I've collected them over time...and never pay full price).



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Posted: 2/16/2013 12:59:39 PM
Yikes-they're that high now? I think I paid maybe $4.50 at most, for sketch markers. I've bought most of mine from oozak.com. If you register, their prices are probably the lowest I've seen. And free shipping at $50 plus excellent cs.

During the craze I overbought. So a couple of years ago I pared down my collection and sold off the extras. Since then I haven't bought any although I may get a couple more grays someday.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:02:17 PM
The only time I buy them is when I have a coupon or if there is a sale on them. I would never pay $8.00 for one either.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:21:14 PM
They don't dry out or clog up, and you can store them vertically if desired. Also great for coloring gems, pearls or staples. And I guess you can refill them and buy new nibs but I haven't had to do that yet.



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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:22:13 PM
The sketchers are cheaper than the markers. Copics come from the professional line of items used by graphic artists. The nibs can be replaced when they get tattered and you can buy ink refills for the pen instead of replacing the whole thing. Check out copic supplies at dickblick.com


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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:26:57 PM
And they are refillable.

ETA: oops, just saw that was mentioned above

Weren't copics popularized by anime artists?

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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:34:05 PM
So they don't dry out? I buy stamping markers and they always seem to dry out right when I want them.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:35:45 PM
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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:43:53 PM
Check out some of the videos on Kristina Werner's blog. She uses them a lot.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:50:40 PM

The sketchers are cheaper than the markers.
Did you mean to say the ciao are cheaper than the sketch? Copic Ciao don't hold as much ink and are not available in as many colors as the Copic Sketch markers.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 1:58:29 PM
I think it was last year they dramatically raised prices. There was a whole stink about it. I wish had gotten more before.

They are basically erasable too with an alcohol pen.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 2:00:02 PM
The sketchers are cheaper than the markers.>>>>
Did you mean to say the ciao are cheaper than the sketch?>>>>>>>>>>>>

No. Sketchers are cheaper than the original markers known simply as "markers" Ciaos may be cheaper than Sketchers. I've not looked. Copics come in Ciao, Sketch, Original markers and wide markers. They all use the same ink but the barrel size, nib, and color availability change with each type.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 2:00:06 PM

Oh please....many of us here do still scrap or card make...


In the last 12 months there have been about 40 threads about copic markers on the GS board.
There has been 1 on the NSBR.

Thats what I meant when I said "more information".

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Posted: 2/16/2013 2:22:33 PM

No. Sketchers are cheaper than the original markers known simply as "markers" Ciaos may be cheaper than Sketchers. I've not looked. Copics come in Ciao, Sketch, Original markers and wide markers. They all use the same ink but the barrel size, nib, and color availability change with each type.
Ah, okay. I thought the originals were called original and all varieties were called markers. Maybe they need a new name for the sketch and original since those are so vague.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 2:39:06 PM
You might want to look in to Spectrum Noir markers. they are also alcohol based, come in lots of colors, and are much, much more reasonably priced. I have almost all the colors and am very pleased with the results I am getting.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 2:54:33 PM
I make cards a lot more than I scrapbook, and I use my copics a lot. I love them. I never pay full price, either. At one point, I designed for a stamp store and she gave me copics at 50% off. I stocked up on a lot of colors. That was also before the price skyrocketed. I also buy from oozak.com, as a pp mentioned. If you register, you get even better prices. Rusty (the owner) doesn't send you gobs of emails, either, and has excellent customer service. You can also get them at Hobby Lobby. They sell them in blending sets of 3 for $24, that you can then get even cheaper with a coupon. The blending sets are in the scrapbooking section, whereas the individual markers are in the art section. Weird, but that's how they have them at the HL near me.

You do have to watch that you are using the right paper, as they will bleed on certain papers. Also, some of the papers will absorb too much ink, making it harder to blend and making it so that you have to use (and therefore, waste) more ink when coloring. I prefer Copic XPress It paper, also available at Oozak. There are several choices of papers, though and people have their individual preferences.

Suzanne Dean (I think her blog is scrapbitz, but you can google her) teaches classes on how to use them. She has lots of great tutorials on her blog and on youtube.

I have well over 200, but you really don't need that many. Suzanne cautions people not to go nuts and buy tons of them when you can really make do with a lot less than I have. I just tend to go overboard. LOL.

I just learned a trick from another crafter: if you are trying to blend with three colors for shading, and only have two, you can use a T2 marker. Lay the T2 color down first, then use the middle shade over it. It will appear like a darker shade of the middle color. So she said, anyway. I haven't tried it yet.

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The peas kept trying to drag me into the Copic craze but I resisted until last year when I was at the closest scrapbooking store to me looking at alcohol ink after she told me about coloring the Bind-it-All and Cinch wires with alcohol ink.

I was looking at the Tim Holz alcohol inks when I said something about wanting purple but didn't like the other two colors. She then told me that she had the Copic refills, I bought a pink and purple, bought a package of TH inks at HL, came home and had fun coloring. Then decided to get the pens. I have 10 now but got most with a coupon or sale. About the only stamps I color are Snoopy stamps and the primary set takes care of almost everything except Charlie Brown's face.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 3:15:45 PM
I LOVEEEE them!! Started with a few and am slowly building my collection. Some online stores have great prices, bought some in big lots on Ebay, bought them for 50% off at Michael's, and had access a few times to buying them wholesale. I have yet to pay full price for one.

They're so addictive. Make sure you use Copic X-Press IT blending card paper with them - they don't bleed past the lines with that paper and they blend so well. I have lots of examples in my gallery - all my stamped cards have been colored with Copics.

I was loathe to spend the money at first, but I was very quickly hooked.



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Posted: 2/16/2013 3:19:24 PM
Wow, thanks for all the responses. I had NO idea what they were. I didn't know they are even refillable. I'm no graphic artist. LOL

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Posted: 2/16/2013 4:03:38 PM
I just started using them for scrappy stuff and love all you can do with them... A few sites that I've been checking out for inspiration/videos, are Birdie Brown, Some Odd Girl, and A Thousand Pieces of Paper... The first two also sell digital stamps too... Sorry no links, haven't figured how to do that from the app...


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Posted: 2/16/2013 4:08:38 PM
Copics are like professional oil paints of the marker world. They can handle what I call serious art, and it happens to also work for people like me, who struggle to make even coloring look good.

So they are designed for the top and the rest of us grab coupons to get our hands on them.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 7:48:11 PM
I need to pull mine out and play one of these days. I bought a small pack last year and have yet to pull them out of the box.


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Posted: 2/16/2013 7:54:39 PM
So, I just went to see how much they were on a site I regularly order from and apparently the manufacturers do not allow them to be sold outside the US and Canada!!

Anybody know why?
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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:29:54 AM
I have a rainbow set of 12 - but not the way to go - as it's better to get sets of 3-4 of single colors for blending instead of 1 of each color. Also, I found out that they just weren't for me. My 10 year old dd loves them lol, and she is a talented artist so I'm glad she takes good care of them and uses them properly- and we have been adding a few here and there for her. She watches videos and practices etc/ so there is a lot out on the web to help you learn how to use them if you're interested.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 11:41:44 AM
Corrine I think that has to do with the new shipping laws and the price increase I was talking about earlier.

Edited: I just read US has some kind of regulation they can't ship them overseas.



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I had never heard of them until someone on here has an entire pinterest board about them.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 12:37:39 PM

Copics are like professional oil paints of the marker world. They can handle what I call serious art, and it happens to also work for people like me, who struggle to make even coloring look good.

So they are designed for the top and the rest of us grab coupons to get our hands on them.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:18:02 PM
Another Copic lover here. I just slowly grew my collection. I have both Sketch and Ciao markers depending on the colors I needed. You can get the Sketch at A's for $7 plus use a coupon.
I know the initial investment is a lot but being able to refill them is great! Plus, the quality is beyond compare!


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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:23:46 PM
I love them, too! I would never spend $8.00 on one, though.

I think I got most of mine at oozak



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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:25:58 PM
If you're looking to get into Copics I have a basic start up set that's gently used I'm trying to destash. Let me know!

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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:44:13 PM
Copics are my life!
No seriously I could let them be as I love them so much.
I was burnt out on scrapbooking and about 3 years ago I decided to try card making as I had so much "stuff" so could start easily.
Fast forward to now and I try almost every day to find time to color, it brings me so much pleasure, a kind of therapy where I can forget everything for a while.
Copics are my go to marker, I have taken both levels of certification on them and teach classes.
I've never spent $8 on one, in fact no where near.
They are not for everyone though as there is a learning curve but if you do find you like them then be sure you'll be hooked soon
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Posted: 2/17/2013 1:54:33 PM
LOVE my Copics!

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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:28:47 PM

So, I just went to see how much they were on a site I regularly order from and apparently the manufacturers do not allow them to be sold outside the US and Canada!!

Anybody know why?
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They are readily available in the UK.



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Posted: 2/17/2013 3:48:04 PM
I don't 'gush' about a lot of things but these markers are great!
I took a class on Friday night and am in love. I often joke that I missed 'coloring 101' in kindergarten and avoid coloring like the plague. Now, I just bought a stamp that needs to be colored.
They are so easy to use and look great. After one class I am in love!!!
Look on Pinterest and there are a lot of pins that link you to sites with tutorials and great coloring combos.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 5:12:25 PM
I have many scrapping buddies that use them, but I refuse to get into them because all they do is color these ridiculous giant headed, tiny bodied, gigantic shod 'dolls' that give me a case of the creeps second only to clowns. And that is MARGINALLY second to clowns.

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I have many scrapping buddies that use them, but I refuse to get into them because all they do is color these ridiculous giant headed, tiny bodied, gigantic shod 'dolls' that give me a case of the creeps second only to clowns. And that is MARGINALLY second to clowns.
Do these 'dolls' also have eyes but no mouths?


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I have many scrapping buddies that use them, but I refuse to get into them because all they do is color these ridiculous giant headed, tiny bodied, gigantic shod 'dolls' that give me a case of the creeps second only to clowns. And that is MARGINALLY second to clowns.
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Do these 'dolls' also have eyes but no mouths?



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Posted: 2/17/2013 5:44:26 PM
I must need to take a class, because every time I use them they bleed through the page and look horrible. Probably the wrong paper and a stupid user.
Somewhere I saw a list of colors that match Stampin'Up inks. That would be good and I suppose hard for even me to screw up.


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Posted: 2/17/2013 6:27:29 PM
Large heads on small bodies and no mouth. Uh...not cute. Nobody silences me and I'm certainly not going to silence a poor little, big head doll. That cruel...plus, they give me the creep!

I use my markers on a lot of fun things, including, some of my own artwork. I color this type image.



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Posted: 2/17/2013 6:47:14 PM
You can also airbrush with them! I love my copics. You can also color white or clear objects like buttons, pearls, and ribbon to exactly match your card or layout.

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Posted: 2/17/2013 8:47:13 PM
would they work for coloring mandalas?



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