Lately, I've added coloring to my cardmaking. I've also added die cuts more often, but I'll get into that at another time. Today, I want to talk about my new BFF in papercrafting: Copic markers.
|Digi-art by Mo's Designs|
The card front (at right) I colored using Copic markers, a bit of paper piecing, Liquid Pearls (for the snow on the fairy wing) and dots of Stickles (for the snowflakes the fairy is blowing).
I think this turned out nicely, with good blending of colors. I've never taken a Copic certification class nor had any professional art classes ...
and if I can color this well, so can you, if you'll invest in some Copic markers.
Copic markers come in several different sizes of marker, and now 358 colors!! Who knew the rainbow could have that many colors!? The two types of markers I prefer are the styles called Ciao and Sketch:
Photo credit: www.copicmarkers.com
Photo credit: www.copicmarkers.com
I started collecting Ciao markers because they are more economical. Their MSRP is $4.99, and you can usually find discounts on them. While they are refillable and you can replace the nibs on them, and they do have the two styles of nibs (flat and pointed), I find they hold less ink ...and they're only available in 180 colors, or about half of the colors in the Sketch marker.
So I switched over to Sketch markers. A few of the advantages: Sketch markers hold more ink; they can be used with Copic's air brushing system (which I'm not yet into); they have the widest array of colors; and their flat side keeps the marker from rolling off the table. I know -- silly thing -- but when you have a puppy who sits under your table waiting for you to drop something they think can be chewed, this means something. The MSRP for each Sketch marker is $6.99.
Drop the MSRP on all 358 markers, and you have an investment of $2,502.42 plus tax and delivery!!
But I'm here to tell you that you can usually find these "magic" markers at a discount. This week (1/8 - 1/14), for instance, Michael's is running a Members Only discount on Copic Sketch markers -- buy one, get the next 1/2 off! That's approximately $5 each when you buy two. Or a dozen, or three.
My Michael's also honored a 20% off your entire purchase coupon yesterday (1-7 p.m. only) ... so that's $4 each.
I spent the early part of my day yesterday organizing my Copics. This is how my former collection looks, in a tool caddy I purchased from Lowe's. You'll see on the left that I have hanging a chart that I made so I can easily see my available colors and their nearby blending shades.
I realized yesterday that there is no chart available that includes all 358 colors, including the 12 that were introduced for 2012:
So I set about making one. This is the result:
This chart barely has room for all of the color numbers, which means I wouldn't know their color names. Spoiled that way, I also created a second document that's 5 pages long, which breaks down the colors by color group, color number and color name. Blogger won't let me post this doc for some reason ... you'll have to believe me!
I'm happy to provide you with printable PDF's of either or both charts, free! To get your free copies e-mailed to you, do three things: 1. Be or become a follower. 2. Leave a comment for me that you'd like a copy e-mailed to you. And, 3. Scroll down on my blog to where it says "SEND AN E-MAIL" -- then send me an e-mail so I can respond easily with the attachments!
NOW, I have a special treat!! In my excitement seeing all these Copic Markers now at my Michael's, I accidentally picked up a few that are duplicates. And I have some other duplicates already that I own. I'm going to have Random.Org pick one or two bloggers who comment here, to send a Copic marker or two, free, from my collection. It may have been gently used ... or it may be new. Want one or two? Comment below ... and please leave me a way to contact you when you win!!
YAY!! Blog candy on a Monday!!