Stampin’ Up! Blendabilities vs Copic Markers

Blendabilities vs Copics

Hi All!

Today Stampin’ Up! is releasing their new alcohol markers to the public. They are called Blendabilities. They can be purchased in sets of three (light, medium, and dark of a single color) for $11.95. Seven sets are releasing today, and six more sets are releasing on August 1st.

For my review, I purchased the Coastal Cabana set and the Rich Razzleberry set. I pulled similar colors from my Copic marker collection so that I could compare the two brands. I contacted both Copic and Stampin’ Up! for detailed information about their markers so that I could present a fair comparison.

Check out the video below. Photos of the coloring I did in the video follow. If you’re interested in learning more about Copics, you can start in the Copics section of My Favorite Things.

Also, just announced, Simon Says Stamp is having 20% all Copics, now through July 15th. Use code hue at checkout. Enjoy!


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Blendabilities vs Copics

Blendabilities vs Copics

Blendabilities vs Copics


To purchase at Ellen Hutson, click the EH link. To purchase at Simon Says Stamp, click the SSS link.
Copic colors used: V12, V15, V17, BG11, BG13, BG18

Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities
Rich Razzleberry
Stampin' Up! Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
Coastal Cabana
Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch Markers
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Stampin' Up! Whisper White Cardstock
Stampin’ Up! White Cardstock
Penny Black Blooming Garden
Blooming Garden
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Black Ink


  1. You will have better luck with both markers if you use your lightest colour first and prime the entire area with that lightest colour. Then take the medium colour and flick it up towards the lightest colour. You seem to be landing your marker in the lighter ink and brushing it toward the darker area… then work on the darkest colour starting at the bottom and flick in up toward the medium colour.

  2. Hi Darlene, Thanks for the comparison.
    I myself am also SU demo and of course have the same markers also ordered and tested. But I have decided to stay thank my beloved Copic markers.
    The markers of Su bleed me out too much. At first I thought it’s the paper from the bleed markers. It makes me glad I’m not alone in my opinion.
    I can not stand behind the marker and sell them as long Copic markers are much better.
    Again, thank you for the test
    Hugs Jessica

  3. Thanks for the comparison/review! I am actually a SU demo and kept thinking I should get the Blendabilities, but I have a large collection of Spectrum Noir already. I did think of selling my SN in order to get the Blends, but on review, for me personally, I think it’s best I stick with the SN. I am not crazy about how the Blends look in comparison to the Copic or SN, in my opinion they don’t seem to “blend” well. Some of the tutorials I’ve seen with them the artist has to go back numerous times just to do basic blending, which I’ve never really experienced with SN, which blend fabulously. There are a couple other things that convinced me to stick w/ SN: the price, for the same price I can get a set of 6 SN as compared to 3 Blends. Also is the fact that the Blends are NOT refillable, and even if they did change them to make them refillable, I would still have to use a different set of inks than my other SU refills, which are water based. SN are refillable which makes them cost effective. I know as demo I should push the Blends, and I can certainly tell people about them, but I think it’s also important to point out to people how well SU images can be colored w/ SN and Copics or other alcohol markers. It’s all good! 🙂 That being said I LOVE Stampin Write markers and much prefer them over any other brand. I feel demos should always give their honest opinions on the products, even if it means you won’t get that sale. Your customers will always appreciate that honest!

  4. Thanks for the video I appreciate it and glad that it wasn’t only me thinking that some of the markers very dark in comparison to the medium shade with the Blendabilities. I recently bought a set of the Stampin Up Blendabilities, I don’t have copics. I have tried the blendies but I don’t like them. They are dark and no contrast between them. I am thinking about getting some Copics and I noticed on SImonsaysstamps,com that have packages of three in the different shades in a box, they are priced very high($27. and some change,) so I checkout copics prices and the are $5.25 per marker. So I am going to buy the colors that Simonsaystamps recommend from I’ve check out paper for copics too and not sure to try Neenah white solar or Georgia Pacific, big difference in price there too. Thanks for leaving me express my opinion.

  5. Hope Mitchel says:

    Want to add to my comment that I have a good inventory of Copic but I ruined three of my pens using them with StazOn ink…hadn’t done it for awhile and just forgot to use Memento. So rather than buing nibs or a new pen, I was going to replace with SU.

  6. Hope Mitchel says:

    Thank you so much for the taking the time to do this…so very helpful in decision making.

  7. Hey Darlene! Thanks so much for doing this comparison – I think I’ll stick with my Copics! 😉

    However, I wanted to make a quick suggestion to you, that *might* help with the bleeding you experienced with your Stampin’ Up markers. You really shouldn’t color with alcohol markers of any kind, on top of your Ranger craft mat. If there is extra ink that needs somewhere to go, it can’t soak into your craft mat, and so will soak outward on the paper and will bleed outside of your image. If you color on a scrap piece of paper (I was taught to use regular copy paper) it can bleed through your cardstock (be it Neenah, or X-Pressit, or whatever) into the copy paper, and you’ll have less bleeding outside the lines! Just a thought – you could try this, and see if it helps those super juicy Stampin’ Up markers!

    Thanks again for ALL your video tutorials, I try to watch them every week (I’m behind right now because we’ve been on vacation, but I’m working on getting caught up)!!!

    XXOO from Colo!

  8. NC_Karen says:

    Thanks for the great comparison of these markers, Darlene. You’ve provided sufficient information for artists to make good choices and know the pros and cons of each. Much appreciated!

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  10. Diana Evensen says:

    THANK YOU SO MUCH, Darlene! This video was incredibly helpful. I have invested in Copics, and recently purchased the Variable ink refills for a dozen colors. I love Stampin’up products, and was wondering if I should try Blendabilities. Your video pointed out the pros and cons really well, and helped me know I want to stick with investing in Copics. Thank you soooooo much!

  11. Holly M. says:

    Thank you for doing this comparison. I love Copics and think I’ll stick with them. Copics just seem to be of better quality all the way around.

  12. Kelly Agee says:

    A couple of things: never really used copies too much don’t like the smell, allergies. Blendies don’t smell. Only use SU whisper white paper , they don’t bleed , also for more control in coloring I prefer to use the finer tip , another trick I like is after I use dark and med colors u go over the whole leaf or petal in a quick circular motion and it blends beautiful! Live the richness of the colors, maybe to make your rich Razzleberry lighter you can use the color lifter , which I haven’t tried! Another technique I did was embossed on say you used coastal cabana, so I embossed white embossing powder on coastal cabana card stock then used my blendies and it turned out absolutely beautiful and was fun!! I like I don’t have to try to pick out colors to blend & for them retiring well then you will want something else by then. Lol. Thanks for the video

  13. Casey Thrush says:

    I love your comparisons!! Thanks for doing this for us!!

  14. Michelle A says:

    YAY!! I have been WAITING for YOU to do a comparison between these two brands because I knew you would do both companies justice!! I have been interested in copics ever since I started following your blog about 3 years ago (has it been THAT long??). I’d never invested in the copics because the choices were overwhelming to me. I thought the blendabilities were the perfect option.

    I am pretty happy with the blendabilities except for the reasons that you give (not re-fillable and limited color choices), but I’m just learning. I did tell SU that the coastal cabana light color seems to be from a different color family than the other two in the set and they sent me a new set – but it’s the same, and now I see you were noticing the same thing.
    Anyway – thank you for an incredibly useful and thorough comparison. You are such a great resource!!

  15. Thanks for the great comparison, I’m curious about using copics and blendabilities together. Have you tried that and how did they blend? You mentioned the SU purple light color wasn’t light enough, maybe you could supplement with a lighter copic? Thanks!

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Lori, interesting idea. I bet you could combine the brands, but then that sort of defeats the purpose of buying the SU colors. Their big selling point is not having to think about what colors to use. But for those of us with Copics already, it’s a good option!

  16. Holly H. says:

    Thank you so much for this comparison video! I am new to copics (found color combos off your chart) but have never really been happy with anything Stampin’ Up. Their colors go away and they retire so much of their stuff. Seems as if they are a bit behind in times when it comes to things. The variation in color is not enough for my liking and the fact that you can’t replace just one marker is not worth the investment. I will stick with my copics for sure!
    Thanks again for all the information you provide and the time you take to get it all together.

  17. Maria Rodriguez says:

    Thank you Darlene for doing this comparison. I just bought 6 Copic markers about a month ago from Blick, I chose the greens and the purples from your fabulous chart. I really like the vibrant shades and the great blending I got from them. I like the fact that Copics can be purchased individually, that you can buy the refill and that they will never retire their colors, this is a really great thing because you will definitely will use one marker more than the other.
    I like the way your Copic samples look, the lighter shades on the Rich Razzleberry SU marker is really not light enough, but the Costal Cabana is so, maybe they could come up with a lighter shade later? Also, does SU Blendabilities have a color less marker? that would help a lot too.
    Thank you for doing this video Darlene, as always, your input is right on the money and it help us tremendously when it comes to making a decision about buying products to enhance and make our crafting experience even more enjoyable.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Maria! Thanks for your thoughtful comment. Yes, there is a colorless blender sold by Stampin’ Up! – they call it the Color Lifter. Not sure if SU will change the shades of the colors they have released. However, I can see them retiring the whole set if it doesn’t sell well. Then, adding a new set of a different SU color that has more variation in shades.

  18. Melanie says:

    Thanks Darlene. I was wondering if it was possible to interchange them? Meaning can I use the SU marker and a Copic marker together. Will they blend/contaminate etc?

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Melanie, I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure you can combine the brands – they are both alcohol-based.

  19. I LOVE my copics !!!!!!! I think fact that they can be refilled and you can buy them individually makes them a great investment! Thanks for the comparison

  20. Mary, Wausau WI says:

    I’ve been looking forward to seeing/hearing your opinion on the copic v blendability debate – and I was not disappointed! Thanks ~~~~

  21. Thank you Darlene for another comparison video, they are always so informative.

  22. Samantha C says:

    Thank you for the comparison. Helped me make a decision. I noticed the drawn colors don’t match the colors on the caps and the light tones are not light enough. If you had not shown you were using the lightest pink, I would never have known. That’s a shame. Copics are definitely the better long-term choice with refills, nib replacement, and non-retiring colors. I’ll stick with my pencils and Tombow water based markers for now. And when I do invest in alcohol markers, Copics will be on the shopping list.

  23. Hi Darlene — So here we are — Release time 🙂 Thank you for this absolutely fabulous video!! I so appreciate your efforts and your very thorough demonstration. It is wonderful! Although I will need to showcase Blendabilities as a SU Demo, I have my keen reservations regarding these markers, and I agree with much you have to say here. I will definitely keep growing my Copics collection, (as there is truly nothing that can beat a Copic), while having my Blendabilities to use with my customers. You’re the best 🙂 Thanks for all you do for our artistic community!

  24. Darlene thanks for your very balanced review! I love my Copics and think they are a great investment.

  25. Margaret says:

    Thanks for another great video with lots of info on these markers. Played with the SU markers at convention and was really disappointed with the results. Was so looking forward to these markers as I loved the idea of having copic type markers that coordinate with paper etc. thanks again!

  26. Diana W. says:

    Darlene – thanks for the great tutorial and taking the time to create a comparison. I’ve been on the fence about Copics and realize that they are probably, in the long run, the better way to go. However, I did purchase three sets of the Blendabilities (a good friend just became a demonstrator) and look forward to trying them. I think they will help me get a feel for how the shading works. Once I’m comfortable with that, I will feel better about investing in Copics. Glad to see that Stampin’ Up! is doing this. They need to freshen up their offerings. Again, thanks. It’s always such a pleasure to watch your videos.

  27. Charlene says:

    Thanks for the comparison. I do think I’m going to end up sticking to my Copic and my Spectrum Noir markers. Can’t beat that they’re refillable.

  28. Thanks so much for doing this comparison Darlene. I have been on the fence as to whether to buy the SU blendabilities or not and only have a few Copics. So I am just starting my collection and wasn’t for sure which route to take. Thanks for the video!

  29. Blendabilities have a nylong nib which Stampin’ Up says lasts longer than the Copic Marker, however, the ink runs dry with no refill so why is a nylon nib beneficial? I have had several of my Bendabilities run dry. They seems to put out more ink than Copics when coloring. If you turn your paper over, you’ll see the Bendabilities bleed through your paper. I always make sure I have paper under what I am coloring. It’s frustrating not to have ink refills for Blendabilities. You never know when you’ll run out of ink and it could be right in the middle of a project. Stampin’ Up says there are 300 strokes worth of ink in each marker. Not sure how long the strokes are, but that doesn’t seem like much ink. I think Stampin’ Up should have used their color for example, Coastal Cabana as their middle color then make a color lighter and one darker for more of a varied look. Maybe down the line Stampin’ Up will revise their markers.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Yes, I agree that there seems to be more ink coming out of the pen for coloring, which inevitably means shorter life for the marker. The back of the Neenah cardstock shows much heavier bleed-through for the SU markers than for the Copics. However, interestingly, the SU paper with SU markers has the least bleed-through of all the tests.

  30. Sharon Hayes says:

    Thanks, Darlene. I always appreciate your analysis of inks and other products. You are fair and present the pros and cons fairly. Thanks.

  31. Great information and demo Darlene. Loll xx

  32. Im new have some But not these 2. Im reall going back & forth on Copic or SU ? I will price wise do SU and then decide. great help in Video, excellant job. Thank You.

  33. Holly Saveur says:

    Thank you for doing this for us..very useful!
    I was all the time asking myself what the difference would be…and now I know..I will stick with my Copics..

  34. Nana 4X says:

    I that you share with us. I watch every one a couple times 🙂 This was excellent. Thank you so much. I will stay with my copics now too. In the long run, they are more economical.

  35. Kristin says:

    Great info! Thx so much for doing compare!

  36. Well, I want to first say thanks for the unbiased comparison Darlene. As a SU Demo, I purchased all the markers last month. As a Copic fanatic, I was wanting to give the BLENDABILITIE’S a try. I totally agree with your comparison of each. I tried each set, and found them easy to blend, but my issue was with the colour variations. Like you stated, when you invest in Copic marker’s, you have more blending colour choices. I did find the bleeding issue on my Gina K paper, so I’ll definitely colour on Whisper White SU paper when using them! I think the Blendability markers are a fun way to go affordably, but like you said, ” I have too much invested in my Copics”, to rely only on the SU markers only. I will use them though on my SU cards, and my Copic’s on other craft projects. The caps are crazy tight! Lol..I had marker all down the sides of my hand opening them…haha….thanks for your tutorial!

  37. Anita Holmes says:

    I have never tried the Copics cause I find it a bit overwhelming, whereas the SU ones come in a set to make life easier…..I also am not sure if I like the whole concept of coloring so this is the best for now, however, I have a question. I have watched several u-tubes on the coloring process and am confused. Kristina Werner always seems to start with the lightest and I have noticed that you do as well, but in this video you started with the darkest. I know that they say it doesn’t matter how you start but am wondering what you think is the best approach?
    Thanks for taking the time to respond and I do want to thank you for this comparison, really great info, also want to say that I love your cards and am actually going way back to your beginning and watching them one at a time, those were the days when you did not talk in them….thanks for sharing your talent with all of us, very inspirational and I always look forward to a new video from you.

    • Darlene DeVries says:

      Hi Anita! Regarding your question about how to start. I start differently, depending on what I’m coloring. As you saw in the video, I tried multiple ways of starting with the SU markers and found that starting with the darkest color yielded the best blending. Many times, however, I will start with an all-over base of light color. If I’m working with an image that has a bright highlight, I will start with the lightest in the highlight area. So, I guess I don’t have a consistent method. One thing I do try to stay consistent with is not using too much dark color at first. You can always add more later. Taking away will result in adding more alcohol, saturating the paper a bit more than needed. Anyway, hope that helps a little!

      • Anita Holmes says:

        Thanks for taking the time, and yes, it helps, I have been playing with them and find the same.
        I love your tutorials and am watching them all one at a time from 2010….I am already in 2011!
        I am so glad you do voice overs now, I love listening to you.
        Thanks for sharing your amazing talent…I love your cards!

  38. Jane Hunt says:

    As soon as Stampin Up! Announced the Blendabilities I thought of you and couldn’t wait for your comparison. Great job! Just what I was looking for. I plan to buy all the Stampin Up markers to start my collection as I just want them to be fun and easy. I plan activities for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, so I want to go the more economical route. Thank you so much for what you do.

  39. Thank you for this great comparison! I have both Copics and the Blendabilities, and while the Blendabilities seem to blend easier, I prefer the Copics, simply because I can choose which colours I want to use for the blending. I don’t feel the lightest colours of the Blendabilities gives enough difference, compared to the ones that I would choose with the Copics. Cost wise, I think the Blendabilities are far more affordable. It’s $15.95 a set in Canada, and the Copics vary between 6.00 – 8.00 if I buy them locally.

  40. Hey Darlene!

    I was actually in the middle of something when your email came through, but when I saw what your topic was, I stopped everything to watch your comparison! This is something I’ve been very curious about, and I really appreciate your taking the time to do this!

    You Rock!

  41. Carol B says:

    Very nice comparison, thanks for you video. Interesting that SU paper brought out the brightness more and not as much bleeding. Planning on buying a couple of SU sets to get the feel of them as well.

  42. Teresa Ryals says:

    This was an excellent video. Very informative and great comparisons. I’ve got 1 set of 27 Copics and feel overwhelmed by trying to choose which colors to buy to get them to blend nicely. I’ve just ordered a few sets of the Blendabilities, today, but had not thought about the fact that I can’t replace just 1 marker should it run out. So, I’ll be trying both types to see which I like better, but you’re video was great in giving me things to think about and compare for each. TY!

  43. Sherrie says:

    Thank you for your comparison. I didn’t know that you could refill them, could you also show us how you do that. thank you so much.

  44. Hi Darlene! I’m so happy you did a comparison. I’m was just starting to get into Copics when I notcied Stampin’ Up’s Blendabilities, and was trying to look for a comparison. I personally like the way Copics look, it’s almost looks like the stamped image itself looks more crisp with Copics than SU. Thanks for doing this!

  45. Very interesting. I appreciate the time you took to do this and share this with us. I like the look of the Copics better…it was interesting to see the difference the paper had on the SU marker. Did you try an SU marker with a Copic? Just wondering how that worked…

    I do like the fine point though…wish Copics had the same tips that the SU markers have.

    Anyway, thanks again for sharing this info!

  46. Thanks Darlene! Your comparison was great. I have no doubts now. I’m sticking with my copics! Thank you!

  47. Thank you for the comparison…there is definitely a difference. Based on your video…I’ll stick with my Copics.

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