Copic markers are different than other markers in their applications and in their cost.
copic markers are differentCopic markers were originally created for designers and with the needs of designers in mind. Here are things that make them special:
- All of the markers can be refilled with ink and come with replaceable nibs or tips.
- The labeling on the side of the markers is embossed so will not rub off.
- The ink in the Copics is an alcohol based dye ink. This formula allows you to blend the colors together without tearing up your paper like a water-based ink.
- The ink has a guaranteed color consistency so you know your colors will always match and color smoothly.
- As the alcohol evaporates the ink becomes acid free so it works great on paper-crafting projects.
- The markers have a three-year shelf life, meaning if they are closed tightly sitting on a shelf they will still be good after three years. I do not think once you get your hands on them you will let them sit that long.
stamping inkIf you will be stamping your images you will need ink that is compatible with your markers.
Tsukineko Memento or Brilliance Ink, Ranger Distress Inks, A Muse Dye, or Stewart Superior Palette Noire all are recommended. You can get even more consistent results by heat setting before you color with your markers.
StazOn and Stampin’ Up ink are solvent inks which are meant to be used with water based media they DO NOT work with Copic markers.
paperYou will need paper to do any of this fun stuff. There are many brands of smooth white cardstock that will work with the markers. Bazzill Smoothies can be found fairly easily, I have used the smooth white cardstock you can purchase at Archiver’s. Other brands that are recommended include Neenah, Prism, Georgia Pacific, Gina K., and Papertrey.