Yep. I did it. I caved. I bought some Copic markers. I’m not completely sold on them yet….but I can see potential already. I have debated it for over a year. I really think it was the koh-i-noors that pushed me over the edge….weird huh? I guess I have never really *gotten* any other way of coloring besides with reinkers. I tried prismacolor pencils once and just didn’t really get the hang of it. I had the watercolor wonder crayons from SU for awhile and never really liked them. So I shied away from everything else. But when I got the koh-i-noor pencils, they color like a dream! I figured….maybe I can figure out the Copics too.

So I got my first box of the Ciao’s (I went with these for two reasons – 1. it’s what Gina carries and that’s where I bought mine! 2. because there are less colors, they will be cheaper to collect). I have Box B right now. The one drawback to buying them this way – you don’t necessarily end up with colors that go together. I mean – to shade things you generally want a few colors in the same *grouping* with in a few digits of each other. So when you get a Box – you get kind of a mix. I guess that means I have to get more, huh? 😉

Anyway – after lots of web research and a panicked phone call to Debbie – I think I can handle them. I’m still waiting on an ink pad I ordered, so for today I used palette noir. It worked well on PTI white, but smeared a little on Neenah Solar White. I’ve read that you’re not supposed to use Copics on coated paper – and SU white is slightly coated. So I didn’t even try it on there. That said – here’s my first real colored image! Now I just need to make something out of it! (No real blending here….just coloring!)

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(So I have no idea if you even want to see – but here’s the colors I used.  Is taking the marker pic helpful to anyone?  If not, I’ll skip it next time.) 

supplies: Copic Ciao markers in C5, C1, G99, G21, B32, RV23, and RV21; PTI white cardstock and palette noir ink. 

So there you have it – my first attempt!  Thank you Debbie for helping me get started! 

And here’s a card I shared on the Gina K release thread – it was also for Michelle Giraud’s challenge.  You can find more about that {here}.  This set is just so stinkin cute!  It’s the newest one by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs!

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supplies: Little Tees by Melanie Muenchinger for Gina K Designs; pixie pink and black cardstock; classic circle nestabilities; prima flower; glue dots; dimensionals; gunmetal stickles; patterned paper by Shabby Princess for Bo Bunny; and bling rhinestone

Ok – tune in later today for my “Stuff I Like” post – complete with a coupon to get it for FREE!