Rest Your Soul. 12 New Copic Colors.

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I’m working through some Virtual Stamp Night challenges today. This one was a beautiful photo inspiration from one of my favorite people, the always smiling, always encouraging, always beautiful…Lori McAree. I ran with the container of something idea, and used my recent Lockhart purchase, Roses in a Teacup. My image is colored with some very special Copics (keep reading). The sentiment is from Taylored Expressions, Rest and Renewal.

If you came by the Copic booth at CHA, there was ONE set of the new 12 Sketch colors in the Copic booth. It was basically under lock and key, all shrink wrapped and center stage, like the Hope Diamond. After the show, Marianne handed them to me, and it was as if I were holding the Declaration of Independence in my arms…a national treasure. LOL.  It was my job to take the new colors to a group of store owners at a rep show in Chicago a few weeks after CHA. The next day, I was stuck in LA due to the great midwest blizzard and trying to figure out how to get a blog hop project completed, so I used the markers one time.

The rep show has come and gone. Aren’t you glad I was more responsible with these markers than I was my camera card and beloved Coco?  These beauties have started shipping to retailers from the Copic sanctuary warehouse, so I think it’s finally safe to take them out of hiding.

Here’s a quick little color comparison project that I put together this afternoon. I’ve used most of the 12 new Sketch colors to blend. I’ve noted the colors used on each sample (ball of yarn – From the Heart – Taylored Expressions). The new colors used are noted with a • next to the reference numbers. Couple of comments: 1) YR30 – drool…for anyone who enjoys adding a faint glow behind their images, usually with YR31 and blender – sometimes mixed in an empty pen, you *need* this color. 2) BG70 – perfect compliment to a favored combo BG72/BG75. 3) Surprisingly, one of the colors I was least excited about became a favorite when I colored these balls of yarn, RV55…a beautiful shade of bright pink. {love}.

Now it’s time for me to print off and update my color chart. I keep two charts, back to back in a clear plastic sleeve – one for the markers I own and one for the refills I own. I know that Sharon has already done the dirty work of creating a new chart for all 346 colors of Sketch marker, plus 24 colors of Spica glitter pen. She has it available for free download here, so if you find it helpful, please leave her a little love note of appreciation. 🙂

I’m going to quit rambling and get back to stamping…There are about 4 other VSN challenges that I want to work on, and I’ve promised myself a short run outside since we are above 40 degrees. Happy weekend!

P.S. I didn’t mean to lie about my use of kraft and white flowers. Completely unintentional. I’ll try to do better next time.

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