Yes it is true. Occasionally I do use something in addition to my SU! stash. Well I took the plunge yesterday and I bought some copics. Here are my practice coloring pages using various line art stamps I have picked up at expos. The image in the top right photo above was a coloring page printed off the Internet with a laser printer on regular cope paper. The other images were stamped on Copic Bleedproof marker paper. The images were stamped with Versafine Archival Onyx Black Ink and Brilliance Graphite Black Pigment ink. I'm not thrilled with the paper or ink.
This my make shift Copic storage. They are these cute plastic cases made by Provo Craft and they are only $1.49 each. Each one can hold about 15 markers and I just lay them on their side and stack them up.
After watching some tutorials by Suzanne Dean, I realized that my copic selection was severly lacking and I was under some misconceptions. First, there is a rule of thumb for blending where you pick a color that you like and then you select two shades from that same color family that are 2-4 numbers away from your original color choice one lighter and one darker and use all three for coloring your image. Second, the colorless blender is not really for blending. You should use the lightest shades possible in your color family of choice to do this. So I set back out to find more copics. The ones I bought yesterday came from Pearl Paints in NYC and Blick Arts in NYC. Blick was less expensive by $.30 and had a much better selection by the way. Today since I am back in NJ...I started driving around not sure of my destination. I read about a Copic class at this scrapbooking store in the area so I decided to try them out.
I quickly found out that Scrappers Cove is the cutest scrapbooking store ever. It is on N. Main Street in Milltown NJ. The ladies there were so patient and helpful and really nice. They have everything you could wish for all right there in one place. I am totally in love. I picked up 12 more copics there. They even gave me a cute spreadsheet of the Copic colors that they sell so I could color my new markers and keep track of what I have. I also scored the best ink by far that I have tried with the copics, Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink. Dries right away and does not smear! Plus they had the new Copic Papercrafting paper. This was made with us stampers in mind and the markers blend beautifully on it. See my completed card below.
Recipe: Perfect Plum and Crushed Curry cardstock and Black Stampin' Write marker(SU). Non SU- Copic Papercrafting Illustration Paper in Natural White 0609-2, Inky Antics G21582F (Elephant Stamp), Burst of Blue by Penny Black (flower stamp) masked and stamped three times, Rhinestone brads, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad, corner rounder, Copic markers:
0- Colorless Blender
YR00- Powder Pink
C3- Cool Gray
BV000- Iridescent Mauve
YG00- Mimosa Yellow
V95- Light Grape
V000- Pale Heath