I know that many of you are anxiously awaiting the answer to this question and so I am going to try and give you as much information as possible so that you can make an educated decision about what is happening with our Copic Marker inventory and whether or not it is wise to purchase the current colors.
When coordinating colors to the Stampin' Up! cardstock colors I worked for some time trying to get it as close as I possibly can to being a perfect match to the Stampin' Up! cardstock colors. As you well know dye lots vary and so I can not guarantee that the cardstock I have will be the same as your cardstock, but I did select colors that will be a fairly close match to the SU colors. As you can see below there are a few colors that I could not achieve a perfect match.
To achieve what I have above there will need to be more than a simple set of 48 basic colors, 12 add on colors (In Colors) and 4 neutrals.
To create a coordinating color I went through the colors one by one - coloring them on Solar White cardstock. The white of the cardstock will also affect your color outcome. The white of the Solar White is a Bright White - subtle undertones in white will make your color vary. Below is an example of just one of the colors that I selected. Once I had finished with coloring I would place my sample directly on top of the cardstock - if it wasn't close I would try again. I have many, many, many little color squares - LOL! Maybe I should create a paper quilt :D Ya, like I have time - ha, ha.
My first round of coloring was using a single color. After going through all my options I then went to round two. Combining two colors to make a perfect match. Well as you can see there were still some that aren't quite there and unfortunately I have not figured out a method for getting there, but they are SO close that I can't imagine anyone really feeling like they don't coordinate with the Stampin' Up! colors. Honestly I could not believe it when I took the Stampin' Up cardstock, ink and marker colors to study my comparisons and realized that WOW - the SU colors were many times very different from the cardstock color. Therefore I decided that I needed to coordinate the Copic markers with the cardstock only, being that it is the primary item to which you will be coordinating your coloring.
So what I finally came down to is the following - we will have:
- the Copic Gotta Have It All (96 Sketch Markers) - this will include all of our current colors as well as all the SU coordinates,
- two new sets, 24C and 24D, these will be add-ons to our current line that will bring in all the new additions to the line,
- seven new sets of 12 - four will coordinate with the 48 colors, one will coordinate with the new colors (the In Colors), one will be composed of all neutrals (I could not believe how many of SU's colors have gray in them - the Copic colors are so vibrant, many of them needed to be "toned" down) and last another set of 12 that you will need to bring the 60 colors in Stampin' Up's current line (and last year's In Colors) to the correct hue. These seven sets will have duplicates of our current colors in them and thus the addition of the two sets 24C and 24D. This will allow our current users to have no duplicates. Our colors will not use the Stampin' Up! names being that we do not want to infringe on Stampin' Up!s business. Alcohol ink markers are completely different and therefore we will keep our colors distinct from the SU color names. With each order that we send out I will include my "formula" for mixing the colors to arrive at a final color.
After our latest update today from our supplier we are under the impression that these new colors will not be available until the end of December or perhaps even the new year. They didn't show up on the last boat. I must thank Kate, Ron, Marianne and Justin for hanging in there with us. They have no idea what to anticipate with their shipments from Japan either. It amazes me being that I like to have the bottom line on everything - but patience is fortunately one of the traits I try and practice on a daily basis - LOL!
I apologize for not getting this information to you sooner. There just are not enough hours in the day is what I have determined. We did receive word today that our sets of 24B are finally on their way - woohoo! So we have put them up as a preorder knowing that what we have available will ship out this next week (not in several months like last time!), but once this shipment is sold out they will disappear from our site yet again. I can promise you that we will do our best to meet your needs, answer your questions and be here for you when you order from us.
So I'm guessing I'll see you at midnight being that there are a few things that my computer just wouldn't do for me and therefore I will be behind the scenes putting the numbers in place to get the new Lockhart Stamp images live. Remember you can put your items in your cart, but you must check out after midnight to get the code to give you the 15% discount. Remember CELEBRATE.
Thank you all so much for your incredible support!!!