Monday, January 9, 2012

Copic Blog Candy for a Monday!

For those who've been following my blog over the years, you've likely noticed that I started papercrafting using my Cricut Expression. I then ventured into mixed media and embellishments -- loving Stickles! I've done a little stamping and then paper piecing.

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:

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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!!


aremus said...

I would live copy of the Copic list. I just went to Michael's is weekend and started my own collection. I have a cry small collection and have found that I need to start tracking them for when I find deals! :)

Amandaremus at gmail dot com

Jessica Buffa said...

Wow, what an amazing chart Ellen. You are a busy little bee. I have yet to get any Copics (can't yet justify this kind of purchase to the dh....LOL). You card is phenomenal. I haven't tried to use Perfect Pearls to enhance wings, snow, flakes, etc...but now you have inspired me to do so. Heck girl, who needs a Copic Certification class, we will just ask you what to do!!!

Unknown said...

that's a great chart... My Michaels in North East New Jersey never has a good selection of copics. I did get some for Christmas, but you know you can never have enough. Thanks for sharing.

THERESA said...

This is so interesting, being so new to copic's myself and wish i stayed near a Michaels, but alas , none here in South Africa,lol
Super doc's you created and would love to have it, may take soooooooo long to see mine on that, lol, but it's good to have if a bargain comes one's way, right, thanks for being so sweet!!
Will be sending you a mail now, thanks so much!!
lotsa luv
ps: don't mind if gently used,lol lol

jessica said...

OMG Ellen! Your image is so so so super adorable and beautifully colored!!
I just got into copics myself and LOVE them!!!
Fabulous job!!!
TFS your chart also...I will be sending you an email :)

Unknown said...

In advance, thank you so much for the giveaway. I would love a copy of the chart. I've tried other markers that are out there but none compare to Copics. Thank you for the opportunity of being in your giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed!.

Ardilla said...

WOW, Ellen... you are so good at explaining everything... so simple and clear.
I still color with acuarelable pencils and it's a dream for me to have markers for now... thanks for the chance you give us today!
A big hug,


JaniceA said...

Thank you for the copic marker list. I would love to win a copic marker or two. Thank you.

angie ashuk said...

I dont need the chart yet, I dont have any copics....I wouldn;t be able to buy just one or 2 I'd need to buy like 12, and I dont think the DH would be to happy with me. LOL, would love to win a couple though, to see if I like them:)

sarah said...

WOW!! thx. just started using markers, but no copic as yet!!thx. for a change to b able to win some..
been a follower & enjoy ALL Ur projects/ideas... hugs..

jengd said...

Awesome giveaway! I have a few Copics but not many by any stretch. When I do get them, I get 2 that are related and then later, I get the 3rd one so I have a 3-tone set. They're great but definitely pricey- I keep forgetting Michaels has them now.

kim.scrapper said...

I also took advantage of the Michaels deals this past week-end and went to two Mikes in two cites. I am just starting out my collection and would love to win some copic blog candy, I would also love a copic chart too, Hugz, Kim (

Margie said...

Love Copics! Thanks for a chance to win!

Shelly said...

Wow, you did an awesome job! Both on your project and the chart! Im just starting out with copics and did take advantage of the sale this weekend and purchased a couple.
Thank you for a great giveaway!

Nicole Doiron said...

I, too, am slowly but surely becoming addicted to COPICS!!! I love them and sooo wish they weren't that expensive! Your organisation system seems sooo cool. The color chart is such a great idea. I hope it's ok that i printed myself a copy. Thank you so much for the chance to win some additional markers! You are way too generous :)))

Penni said...

What a great Chart. I would love one, so will drop you an email.

Also thanks for the chance to win a marker or two.

I already follow your blog.

lazycatscards(at)hotmail(dot)co (dot)uk

Cindi (ScrapinOMA) said...

I would love a copy of your chart I just bought my first copic a month ago and plan on going in to use the coupons you have. You do awesome work and I appreciate the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

I haven't tried coloring yet so I don't have any Copic markers. I would love to win a couple and give them a try. Thanks!!

Scrappin' Sista said... are SO stinkin' organized. I love it. I wish I had Copics but I don't. Thanks for the chance to start my addiction! :D


Brenda said...

ohhh I loveeee your coloring...I would loveee to win some copics...sooo awesome of you to I don't own any I just started coloring agin using my Prismas...forgot how relaxing coloring is...

Tami B. said...

I would have felt a whole lot better if you had said that you have at least taken the basic Copics class, lol.
You are being extremely generous in sharing these treasures! I don't know of a soul in our crafty blogland that wouldn't want to win.

Linda Dale said...

Awesome blog candy. I hope someone wins who really wants them and does not have any. If you pick me, pick someone else. I have almost 200. I am desperately looking for E74 if you by any chance have a duplicate of that one I would gladly send you another you want. Thanks

Trisha said...

I, too, started with the Cricut and my situation sounds very much like yours. I am now a Copic Sketch fan. I don't have very many and am always looking for a deal. Would love to win one or two more. Thanks for the chance. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

Cindy :) said...

First I have to say your image is absolutely gorgeously done, I seen the 3 panel card you did and I was so taken by their beauty. I have to agree with you, they are the most adorable snow fairies EVER. I love both of them and they are now on my ever growing wish list, along with Copics! speaking of Copics, I joined a challenge group called The Outlawz in Oct,and won a copics class with Suzanne Dean...can you believe it, well I'm over the moon with this prize but have none. I have been looking into purchasing them and found it is cheapest to order them online from my LSS and then go in and pick them up. M's here charges 10.99 each for the sketch markers, my LSS is less than 5 or 6. Now I just need cashola :)
I do plan on collecting them so if you don't mind emailing your hard work to me, it would be greatly appreciated. I am already a follower and will send you an email stat :) Thanks for an opportunity to win 1 or 2 new or gently used markers, I would be on cloud nine to own even one.
Cindy :)

K Clark said...

i love your stamp! you did an amazing job iwth all the bling! wow... i don't think I will ever be able to colour as nice as you - thanks for putting up a chart for us :) I am emailing you now

K Clark said...

forgot to give you my email in case I win ;)
leokc34 at gmail dot com
thanks again for the opportunity

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Wow Ellen what a great blog candy! I would be so gratefull if I won one. Thanks for the chance to win.

mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Pamk said...

Great giveaway. I've not had the pleasure of trying these but would love too.
Scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Glennis F said...

This is a great giveaway - we don't have a Michael's in NZ so don't get these opportunitys for bargains. Please add my name in the draw. Thanks
farrellg41 at hotmail dot com

paola said...

i love the copic chart that you made, pls could you email me a copy of it, TFS

Unknown said...
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Unknown said...

Can i have a copy of the copic color chart.

Thilda said...

Wonderful idea! How do I get the chart?

Unknown said...

Can I have a copy of each of your blank Copic Color Charts and a Copic Color Wheel, if you have it.



dottielottie said...

Hi Ellen,I am currently searching the web for a Copic marker chart for my daughter, and I came across your blog. She has just started buying Copics and needs a colour chart. I see that you have cleverly designed two charts which would be ideal. I hope this is still available.I have become a follower and will email you also.
I'm now going to get myself a cup of tea and have a troll through the rest of your blog
Thanking you in anticipation.

ncasper929 said...

Thanks for your offer to share both versions of your Copic color charts. I am working on building a list of comparable colors between Copics and Spectrum Noirs. So far, your blank charts come the closest to what will help me work on that task. Kudos to you for laying the groundwork with your charts!

Nana Griffin said...

Thanks Ellen for offering to email copies of your copic color chart. I would love to have it as I have a large selection. I am going to follow you and will email you too.

Unknown said...

I would love a copy of your copic coloring chart. I appreciate how you put the numbers below the coloring square especially for the very dark colors.

Unknown said...

Thanks for making a topic coloring chart available. I would appreciate getting a copy.

Unknown said...

I am a follower of your lovely blog. Just received my last set of copic ciao's. Could you please send me a copy of your copic coloring charts please. Loving all your talented work. Thank you xx

Unknown said...

I forgot to put my email address:
Can I have the 2 attachments please. Many thanks.

Anonymous said...

May I get a copy of the pages you made? I love the color chart! Thank you so much! '

Sharon J Chambers said...

Love your blog have just found it and I understand that this is a very old post. I would love both versions of the charts.

Thank you x

Unknown said...

Me too please! If you're still sending the Copic files out, please send them to me too!!! Thanks!!!

JessVK said...

i would love a copy of both of your copic marker lists:) they look awesome, and very easy to read! my collection is growing out of control and ive accidentally picked up a couple duplicates. jessica:)

Melanie Serpa said...

I am new to COPIC markers and I would love to recieve you pdf of the color char.

Thanks for creating it!

Unknown said...

I love Copics and would appreciate a copy of your color chart for copic ciaos and sketch.

Sue said...

I am just getting started learning about Copic markers. I would greatly appreciate both of the hand color charts you have available. Thank you so much. Sue

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