Saturday, November 7, 2009

Digi Tips

Hey Friends,

I thought we can all share our digi tips on this entry by commenting. Just to answer a question in regards to ink bleeding... the best way is if you use a laser printer and not an inkjet. Inkjet ink is wet so it will bleed when you color with copics. Laser printer uses toner which is dry. Another suggestion I've heard people say they use is they heat set the ink before coloring using hair dryer or spraying it with a fixative prior to coloring.

If anyone has any other tips or suggestions, please comment below. I think I'll put it up on the faqs page after this.

Thanks!!!

31 comments:

Christine said...

I have an Epson C3810x and have no problems with watercoloring. I received my first order of Copics today (Yay) so haven't tried them yet.

When I use something besides Staz-On I just spray hairspray on it and it seems to work fine.

Blessings,
Christine

Gabby said...

I have an inkjet...but still let my images "dry" overnight. Sometimes I just pre-print my images and save them for a later time. However...if I DO want to color them right away...I heat set them.

GobeaGirl said...

I am new to digi stamps, but I have found that if I heat set them with my hair dryer I don't seem to have any problem. I am also using the GP cardstock as that is all that will go thru my printer with no problem...I have to say that I went ahead and bought five of them tonight to go with my win of Ebony...lol..They are now the proud Cullen family..I am going to post something on my blog later...I have had a great time with these...Thanks.Lisa G

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Yes, I think this is true. I have a laser printer and have no problem with digi stamps and Copics.

On the other hand, I'm not sure yet whether my laser printer will handle heavier weight paper well, since it has to go around a roller.

Jenny said...

I have Canon Ink Jet MP970 and I have no problem it trys up quickly. Cardstock I use is GP and it works perfect together.

Kim Y. said...

I use a photo printer and a laser printer and they are fine with Copic...no waiting needed. With the laser printer, I have to print one sheet at a time because the CS is a little heavier. With the photo printer, I can print as many sheets at one time with no problems.

Pascale said...

I have an inkjet Epson and it cost £40.00 if I leave the image for about 15 minutes I can colour with promarkers and it does not bleed. Hugs Pascale

Lilacanglia said...

Thanks for all the info,
I have a normal cheap printer,
depends on the quality of paper you use, but most if you can leave them to dry naturally over night they work fine with water colouring and sakura, I am not lucky enough to have copics.
Hugs
Angie

Gro said...

inkjet works perfecktly with promarkers. No bleeding.

Sammi said...

I print one sheet at a time on the laser...so that the Cardstock goes through OK! and I try and leave them to dry. Have used I inkjet too... but needs to sit for a few days to dry enough. Have heard people who emboss it too!
sammi
xxx

☼ Cheryl* said...

I have no idea what printer I have, It just prints! lol
I always spray the images with hairspray but it doesn't really work when I use watercolours and leaving overnight. I just try so hard to not go near the edges which works!
I've heard of heat setting, but I didn't know it could be done with an hairdryer! I guess you put the hairdryer on high as soon as the printer has printed and leave till dry?
This is something I will have to try.

kim-paperbabe said...

Well ladies I have a HP printer and have had no problems what so ever with bleeding... the only thing that bleeds on my printed imges is stickles (so I dab or use spica marker) and rock candy. I would probably heat set my ink if it seemed wet or seal with a little clear embossing powder. Sorry couldn't help anymore, HuGs Kim :)

Tracey Feeger said...

Good old hairspray works a treat but you normally have to leave it overnight.
mwah
Trace

Carol said...

Hi

If the ink is wet post printing I use embossing powder and heat set for mr it gives a more defined edge and image

HTH
Carol

Lori said...

Wow, it never occurred to me that anyone might have issues colouring images printed from their home computer printers!

I have a Canon Multipass MP510 all in one printer, scanner, copier. This is not an expensive model...about $299. I've always used Canon ink in my printer and I've never had a problem with my Copics bleeding at all. I print an image and start colouring right away with no issues.

Hooray for Canon!

Ria said...

If you don't have an laserprinter but an inktjet just print your sheet and go to a copyshop where you can make a copy on thicker papers. copymachines use toners as well.

hugss Ria

KymKreates said...

I have a Lexmark Print Trio P3150 Ink Jet and use GP paper and can print and color in about 5 minutes and have had NO problems. Knock on wood.

Kym

Samara Navi said...

I'm a huge copic user and found it is the paper (for me) that is the deciding factor. Copic paper - no prob. at all (I have the Canon MP510.) Some other papers - wipe out! The thinner and glazier the paper - no bleed in (my) experience. I'm in Canada, so no GP paper (Wallmart is a Canada only paper here.) Also Neenah paper is supposed to be the cat's meow. I've ordered a "sample" package from Neenah. With the Copic paper, I can paint (copics) right away. Prob is, I have to cut paper for copier (meh, no big task really.) Anyone feel excited about shipping some GP to me? :) lol SQUISHY HUGS, Samara p.s. GREAT BLOG POST SUGGESTION - PERFECT!!! WAY TO GO.

JenRaff said...

I have a HP inkjet printer and have no luck with copic coloring. Ink bleeds right into my copics. I have tried heat setting and leaving it for up to two months before coloring without good results. It works fine with pencils and other markers but not copics.
I never heard of the hairspray idea and really think the idea of bringing it to a copy store is probably a good one to switch it to laser print. What is GP paper?
Thanks for bringing this up because it has been frustrating!

Jenn Borjeson said...

For some reason, I was unable to transport my .tif images from my computer into a Microsoft Works document in order to print them (this only happened yesterday with the digi specials, all the others work fine!) - so I ended up downloading a program called Irfanview that enables me to open the .tif image and save it in .jpg format, and then it works fine! Just in case anyone else has that problem, go to http://www.irfanview.com/ :o)

Annie said...

I LOVE digi stamps. But I don't have copics, so I use watercolor pencils and markers from Hobbylobby. I print my digis on a watercolor paper and dry it with hairdryer. It works perfect!

Lacey Stephens said...

I hae an Epson Workforce 500 and no smearing...even on watercolor paper.
One tip someone shared with me before was quickly heat embossing the image with clear embossing powder as soon at it comes out of the printer.
~Lacey

TheGirlYou'llNeverKnow said...

I have no problems when using my copics with my inkjet, nor does my mother, but when she uses her laser with her copics, the ink bleeds like crazy, strange that others have the opposite problem...

Ruth said...

DuraBrite Ultra Ink for Epson printers is almost water proof, and works great with water coloring!

I also use my Canon inkjet printer, it works great for coloring with Promarkers. :)

Caroline said...

I printed my colour chart for copic markers on copic paper with my HP inkjet and have had no problems with bleeding.

Now I can't wait to try my new digi stamps!!!

NormaJean said...

I a HP ink printer, and I print and color right away sometimes and use copics and primsacolor makers and never had a problem with bleeding, thats why I like the digis so much, I've trys staz.on and few other that say wont bleed and they all do..

Mrs Weyremaster said...

I have HP Photosmart 3in1 printer, and it worked brilliantly with my promarkers, no bleeding at all.
Suzi
xxx

Sabina said...

I don't have any problems with the ink but with printing the images.

I can only get the image the "right" size with the program Paint. With that program I'll get the image at the center of the paper and I can only get one image at one paper, making cards on a budget so that's not so fun. Any ideas on how I can print like 4 images at one paper?

Dawn said...

I have an inkjet printer, and the ink does bleed when I use copic markers. I have taken to printing a master sheet with a variety of sizes of the one stamp, and photocopy that.

AShu93 said...

Thanks for all the great ideas. I'm still struggling to find what works & I have so many cute images!

mary said...

I have the KODAK all in one,. the price is 69.99 and work wonderful with everything, and the inks is 10.99 for the black, and 17.00 for the color and you can have more copies from every printers
KODAK IS THE BEST , and i try all type of printeRS.
blessings
mary