Today I have a little encouragement card to share with you, as well as a picture of my Copic storage solution. Wendy had sent me an e-mail asking about this the other day, so, Wendy, the marker storage pictures are for you! First, the card: I chose the toaster and toast images from the Hero Arts What's Perking stamp set (CL416) and colored it with the Copic markers shown below. (Click on the image to see it larger.)
The Toner Grays were what I used for the toaster, the Cool Grays for the shadow, the E50's for the toast, the Reds for the toaster handle, and the unlabeled marker (YR31 + Colorless Blender) and BG000 for the background. I then cut and embossed the image with a Spellbinders Plain circle Nestability and matted it with a Petite Scalloped Circle Nestability. The lower mat edge is cut with a Deckled Scalloped Edge die.
I distressed the edges of the focal image with Papertrey Ink's Chamomile Distress ink and stamped the sentiment (from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Button Bits) in Hero Arts Punch Chalk Ink. Papers are all from the Cosmo Cricket Early Bird Mini Deck--a perfect match for a "homey" image!
Now, for the marker storage. I call these my marker condos, for obvious reasons. The one on the right is older than the one of the left, and I like the newer one the very best. The older model held eight markers per cubicle, whereas the newer model (the one for sale now, but I'm not sure who has them in stock yet) hold four markers per cubicle. Since I like to keep all of my markers in numerical order, I prefer having to arrange only four markers when I am putting markers away rather than having to arrange all eight every time.
Here's a close-up of the newer model (CSVDISP: Copic Sketch, Various Ink Display) with four Sketch markers per cubicle. (It holds 288 Sketch markers total if you fill in every slot.) I start the markers in the upper left corner, exactly where a Copic color chart starts, and I move right down the column. Even if I have some empty boxes, I start a new color at the top of a cubicle. I can find them faster that way. The markers are stored at a slight angle so that they don't want to tip out of the slot. Let me mention again that Copic markers can be stored either horizontally or vertically. Because they are airtight when the cap is snapped on, you do not have to store then on their sides; I just like this way best personally. See that little notebook at the right side of the marker condo? That's the color blends notebook that I posted on my blog a couple of weeks ago.
I hope that helps those of you who have asked about marker storage. Have a great day!