The moment has arrived. Yesterday we received our shipment of new COPIC Marker sets! So once again I have been glued to the computer screen typing and editting rather than creating. Hopefully soon the creating part will have time to happen Ü
Tonight at 10:00pm PST we will make the markers go live. It will be a first come, first serve basis, being that our supplies are currently limited. MANY more markers are on order, but I do not have word yet when they will arrive, so please hang tight with us as we await word on the arrival of more sets.
Now for the long winded explanation of what is here - LOL! I wish I knew how to say this in just a few concise words, but...
Before I begin I want to share with you that all my testing for colors was done on Neenah Classic Crest, Solar White cardstock. The white color base you begin with does affect your final color outcome. Solar White is a white that compares closely to Stampin' Up!'s white cardstock, only it is a more "sturdy" paper (for lack of a better word). I have found that Neenah Classic Crest is my paper of choice when working with both Prismacolor Color Pencils and Copic Sketch Markers.
First we have added seven, YES (7) new sets of 12 markers each. For your reference we have attached the picture below. I hope that I don't make typepad explode with the enormity of the files I will be attaching today Ü As you can see from these lists some of the colors are duplicates to the colors we already have in our line.
I am uncertain at this point as to whether or not this chart is even readable so you may need to wait for a second or third draft of this post to be able to read these charts. I apologize in advance if the font on the colors is so tiny it is unreadable, but I'll keep trying until I get it to a size that you should be able to view. After 10:00 pm I will come back to this post and add links to the store. This will allow you to read the color information at full size.
The first four sets listed showcase the colors that I believe compare closely to Stampin' Up!'s primary color families. The next set, which we are calling Trendy Tones, is a set of colors that were/are a part of Stampin' Up!'s color line last year and this year. Again, please know these are NOT Stampin' Up! colors, but colors that I believe after thorough examination, compare as close as possible to the Stampin' Up! cardstock I own and use.
Next you will find a Neutral Tone set. This set is comprised of colors that compare to the Neutral colors, but in addition it also has numerous neutral tones added to it that will allow you to combine with the colors in the first five sets to get a more accurate depiction of the colors in Stampin' Up!'s line.
The last set of colors, the Completer Set, is significant if accuracy is important to you. Many of the colors that are included in the first five sets do not compare closely if used on their own. They need to be blended with the colors that are in the Neutral set or Completer Set to gain in accuracy. I know the thought of blending colors may be scary to many of you, but remember this is art. It is about learning and perfecting over time.
To try and make it easier for each of you who purchase the Copic Sketch Marker sets through us we are including a chart with each set you purchase. On that chart I share how it is that I was able to create a color that compared closely with the Stampin' Up! cardstock I own.
You may ask why on earth do I need these two additional sets when there are 330 colors in the Sketch line of markers? Well there are 100's of 1000's of combinations that colors can be mixed and unfortunately COPIC and Stampin' Up! just don't have all of the same color selections. So how did I come up with these colors? The first thing I did was to go through the entire COPIC line and select one color that was as close in comparison as possible to the Stampin' Up! color. When that didn't suffice I then went back through the entire line combining and blending colors to achieve a color that compared to the Stampin' Up! colors. Believe me when I tell you that I tried MANY combinations - LOL!
These seven sets are for those of you who have never purchased Copic Markers before and would like to try them in one color family. It will allow you to add to your marker sets over time and hopefully not make such a huge dent in your crafting budget. Please remember when you purchase your first set to add a Colorless Blender Marker. No place in these seven sets is a Colorless Blender included. You may also want to consider getting the Colorless Blender Refill at the same time to help with clean up and to create special effects.
I would like you all to note this important item. In creating the sets of markers so that individuals could purchase one set only it became necessary to repeat a couple of colors in the sets. You will find that color Y21 is used in both the Pastel and Jewel Tones sets, marker R89 is used in both the Jewel and Trendy Tones, and marker YG63 is used in both the Pastel and Trendy Tones sets. Unfortunately if you purchase these in sets you will receive duplicates.
My suggestion for those who will be purchasing your markers one set at a time is to purchase the markers individually that are in these sets to avoid duplication. I wish there were an easier way around it, but I couldn't think of anything that made sense other than to purchase the markers individually or as a whole.
These seven sets will be sent to you in a Clear Copic Sketch Case. The retail value of these sets including the case is $75.40 - we will be selling these for $59.49.
For those who like to just make one big purchase and be ready to go we put together a COPIC Gotta Have It All (GHIA) for the first time COPIC user. This marker set is for those that wanted to have all the colors necessary to create the colors that coordinate with Stampin' Up!'s many beautiful colors as well as a few others that are just too good to pass up.
Hold your breath - the retail value of this set is... $631.05. Gulp - why so much you ask? Well included with the 96 markers, which are valued at $5.95 each, we have opted to include 3 wallets that each hold 36 markers. Each wallet retails for $19.95. But here is where the good news comes in - you will be THRILLED to know that the cost for the Ellen Hutson Exclusive GHIA is $456.96. (Well, perhaps I should say exclusive until another retailer comes along and reads about all this hard work and decides to sell the same package - LOL!)
In order to truly make this a one stop set of 96 (these were originally designed to fit into four wallets that only hold 24 markers) I had to leave out just a couple of colors that you can purchase separately in the store. YG23-New Leaf, W2-Warm Gray No. 2 and W4-Warm Gray No. 4 can be purchased seperately. At this time there is plenty of room in the large wallets these are coming to you in to add those other must-have colors you have been dying to try.
All coloring reference charts will be included with the GHIA.
Now you ask - I already own the two sets of markers in your store - I own 24A and 24B - what should I do? We have tried to simplify this for you. You will need to purchase 24C and 24D to complete your color collection.
Sets 24C and 24D include the YG23 - I believe YG23 is one of those Julie Ebersole must have colors - LOL! You know how much Julie (and Ellen Ü) love greens. It does not include W2 and W4, but I do believe that you will be able to suffice with the W3 it does include. It also does not include a Colorless Blender Marker in these sets because I figured most of you will already own one. As well, all of my coloring reference charts will be included with the 24C and 24D sets.
These will come in the same wallets as 24A and 24B come in. The retail value on this particular set is $155.75 and our price is $118.49. As you can see from this picture you can set these markers upright on your desk or you can stack multiple ones horizontally as I have shown using the sets of 36 above. When I use my markers I prefer to have the markers lying flat as shown above in the GHIA. This allows me to see all the colors simultaneously.
Well... as you can see we try our best to give you plenty of versatility and at the same time provide a good value for your dollar. We try and make certain that we share as much educational information with you as possible regarding how to use this product. We try to provide you with the best customer service possible. We thank you for supporting us in our endeavours and fully realize that you can purchase your product wherever you choose - we thank you for choosing us. I feel blessed to know that you value what it is that we do and that you continue to support us.
Insert long sigh here - WOW - what a WORDY post - LOL! Did I lose you? Are you still there? If you are still there I have a special bonus for you for reading all the way through this monstrosity of a post!!! BLOG CANDY Ü I think all that reading deserves a little fun.
Included in this treat will be a brand, spankin' new set of papers from Memory Box that I haven't even gotten up on the store yet - these are yummy! Included is a WONDERFUL new backgrounder, three fun COPIC Sketch Markers, and a little Fun Flock to top it off. To enter please post below - only one post per person please. I would love to hear what your experience with markers OR backgrounders is. Have you tried the COPIC markers or the CHF Backgrounders before? and what is it that you love about them. Just one little reason - you don't need to write an epistle like I have - LOL! Oh, and you must post before Friday, January 25th 11:59 p.m.
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