Circle Card and Ciao Copics

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!)



(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!


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!

10 comments to Circle Card and Ciao Copics

  • Laurie in MN


    I like seeing what copic markers were used. I recently bought four copic markers, two greens and two peachy pinks, to use and see if I like the markers.

    Good luck with your coloring. Your first attempt looks very good. I think you will enjoy using them.

  • mamajulie

    Warning… Copics are addictive . I started with 2 and now have 16. The one thing I have found is that I do better with the lighter colors. Great blog at “I Like Markers” by Marianne of their company to help with techniques.

    I alos like seeing what marker colors were used.

  • Kim

    I keep debating the Copic markers thing in my head, too. The things that hold me back are not knowing the colors to start with (the blending issue you mentioned vs. buying a set) and the price. I went to my local Hobby Lobby and the ones they had there looked old and messed with, like they’ve been tested to death. I’d rather buy them unused, thank you! lol

    Nice coloring! I like seeing the markers used like Debbie shows. So if you did that I wouldn’t mind one bit. I’m a visual person and it helps to see them.

    Have a lovely Sunday, Emily!

  • LOL look at you! You did great!

  • Way to take the plunge!!! You will really love those Copics!

  • You did great coloring, Emily! That tee-shirt card is darling too–what a cool set!

  • Oops–wrong e-mail in the comment above–hope this fixes the default, Emily!

  • Claudette

    I really really like your first attempt, the colors look so bright and yummy! Thanks for sharing the pic of the markers, they look very pretty, I may have to try some myself!

  • Sharon


    Thanks for sharing. I just picked up some…49 of them. I played with them just a bit. My daughter has played with them more. I look forward to your future posts on them.

  • Congrats! Too bad you don’t live closer we could share boxes…lol. I’m having fun with mine. Not really having problem with lightly coated papers. Just experiment.

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