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Letraset ProMarkers

Reported by Anam Stubbington

I was delighted when I was asked to review Letraset products, as they are a company who have been in the graphic design world for over 50 years; I used their type rub-ons way back in university as part of my printing apprenticeship.
I was sent the Stamping ProMarker Set 2 to test with the Letraset Cartridge Paper Pad. I’ve used a variety of other markers including the Letraset AquaMarkers over the last few years, so thought I would be able to give a fair review about the Letraset Markers.
From their website, these are the Benefits of the Letraset ProMarkers:

ProMarkers produce vivid, bright colors right through to the subtlest pastel shades – the translucent inks can also be overlaid and blended, even further extending the range of shades and hues on offer. ProMarker’s quality nibs and inks provide flawless color lay down with consistent coverage and no unsightly streaking.

• Alcohol based, non-toxic, permanent ink
• Multi surface application: use on paper, card, vellum, acetate, glass, wood, metal and plastic
• Outstanding tone and vibrancy
• Colours are transparent and can be overlaid to create a variety of tone and shading effects
• Ideal for illustrators, students and hobbyists
• Twin tipped allowing for a variety of strokes within one marker
• 148 colours available

So I set out to see if I could agree with those words. I printed a selection of digital images out on both the Letraset Cartridge paper and some watercolour paper. I also stamped some of my favourite images in both a dye and stazon ink on the same papers.


What I did find is that the markers need the right papers to ensure the best end result. I found that the Cartridge paper worked well with the Letraset ProMarkers, while the watercolor paper worked best with the Letraset AquaMarkers. I found that Stazon ink worked best with all the pens, and I had no issues with any of my inkjet printed images with the pens.



I also colored Clear Sticky Jewels and White Organza Ribbon with the ProMarkers so they match the coloured image perfectly. I found that use so convenient as it stopped me searching for extra items constantly.


I also tested out the ProMarkers on peel-offs. They colored them beautifully making adding detail simple and again easy to coordinate colors.


Personally I loved the vividness of the ProMarker colors on the Cartridge paper and the delicateness of the AquaMarkers on the watercolour paper. I got great use out of the Markers with the blender pens and found myself quite enjoying coloring for once!

Here are the finished cards I made as part of my review.



Pros:

  • More ink in each pen (70% more than their competitors)
  • Cheaper than their competitors. Letraset ProMarkers sell for about $2 each and each pack comes with at least 1 blender pen.
  • Thicker pens are easier to hold for anyone with joint issues
  • The nibs are multifunctional with the round and the wedge and the color range and blending options make it feasible to have all the colors you want..

Cons:

  • No color stickers on the end of the markers which makes finding the right color a pain but as colors can depends on what you are coloring on. so i colored in some Letraset manga paper and stick them on the end as I want to use this storage system although this one also looks good for my studio.
  • Not refillable but the pens are cheaper to buy and contain more ink to start with
  • Current Availability – most fine art shops carry Letraset but Craft & hobby stores are slowing catching up.

Even with those cons, I would recommend them, as I ended up liking the ProMarkers so much that I bought more – specifically their skin tone range and their spring colours.


As you can see, I am now a huge fan of Letraset Products and as Letraset do a huge range of product for the creative world and are adding more each year, I trust their range and future development for products.

Do you use Letraset products? what do you like about Letraset products? What would you like Letraset to bring out next?

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Vendor Spotlight & Giveaway: Letraset Pro Markers

Reported By Wendy Jordan

Lately, I’ve been having a love affair with markers. I’ve been so intrigued by the fabulous coloring that has been making the rounds in the stamping industry. Imagine my happiness when I found out I would be reviewing Letraset Pro Markers, a marker that I had never heard of before. 

When I opened my package that had made it’s way across the ocean, I was pleasantly surprised to see two packages of Letraset Pro Markers, Fine Line Drawing Pens, Bleed Proof Marker Pad and Letraset’s product catalog.

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The first thing I did was pour all the Pro Marker’s onto my desk. I had to see what fabulous colors I had to play with. Pro Marker’s are packaged in sets of ten and categorized for what they would be used for . My sets are coloring medium for rubberstamped craft projects. Rubber Stamping Set 1 is subtle colors and Rubber Stamping Set 2 are bolder colors. Each set of Pro Marker’s includes a fine line drawing pen for sketching and outlining.

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I wanted to get started right away coloring an image. I stamped the first image with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto the Bleed Proof Marker pad.

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The following digital images were printed with my inkjet printer. The markers colored the image perfectly. Their aren’t any dry lines in the coloring, I love that!

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I started to color this image with Poppy from Pro Markers Rubber Stamping Set 2 , but I didn’t have a shade lighter to achieve the color that I was looking for, so I grabbed a Copic and when I started coloring, the Copic marker was taking the inkjet printer ink and smearing it. I didn’t have that problem with the Letraset Pro Markers on the previous images.

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When I first started using alcohol ink markers, I went through about four different brands of paper before I finally achieved what I was looking for. I wanted to test the Letraset Pro Markers with different brands and weights of cardstock to test the bleeding through ( I have a very stained desk due to not knowing about “bleeding through” before). The following pictures show the backside of the paper after coloring with Pro Markers.
Letraset Bleed Proof Marker Sheets are specially treated paper to provide the best color you can get from alcohol based markers. When the paper is colored on, it will show through the other side, but will not bleed through to paper below or your desk top.
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100# –120# Gina K. Pure Luxury Card Stock, as you can see, no bleeding or soaking though.

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Stampin’ Up Whisper White, the lightest weight of all the card stocks used.

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100# Card Stock from Kelly Paper Company, you can see the bleed through is where the marker was in one area longer.

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Letrasets Bleedproof Marker sheets are coated on one side. If you are using the sheets to print images from your computer, you will have to pay a bit more attention to which side you are laying in the tray. The correct side of the paper is the smooth, white side and when you write or color on your paper, it will look like this. You can see the ink absorb into the paper and dry.

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When you write or color on the back side of the paper, you can see the ink sit on top of the paper and finally absorb, with this muted color.

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I couldn’t let an alcohol ink marker review go with out coloring on acetate. I places some of these fabulous Peel-Off stickers on a piece of acetate and got right to coloring. I found right away that some of the colors where a bit transparent, even with the white background. I chose some more bold shades and started coloring.

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If you color to many layers on acetate, the markers picks up the previous color as you go over the same area.

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Here is my finished project..

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I used Letraset Pro Markers on a piece of sticky backed Glitter Sheet.

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I colored a few other items I had rolling around. Plastic rhinestones.

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Pretty….
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I colored some ribbon…

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I put my new colored embellishments to use with my new colored images.

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Pros:

  • I loved the as the ink dried, it didn’t leave lines where the wet ink and the dry ink met, very consistent coverage
  • The round shape fit nicely in my hand and was never too big
  • The cap from the fine bullet shaped nib fit nicely onto the cap of the wider chisel shaped nib. Less time searching for the cap when I finished
  • Dual end tips, both with very functional purposes.

Cons:

  • The markers aren’t refillable, but are reasonably priced, so a replacement won’t need a small loan
  • The Pro Marker sets don’t come in coordinating shades, so getting started coloring where you need shading is challenging, but colors are sold separately to complete your color families.

I am so excited to continue using Letraset Pro Markers and continuing to find new and innovative way to use them.

Giveaway

The great folks over at Letraset are giving one lucky reader a set of markers. To enter this contest, simply answer any of the questions below or on the other Letraset review in the comments section of this article on our website.

Have you tried Letraset Pro Markers yet? What alcohol ink markers do you use? Have you found something fun to do that is outside of the box? Please share!

One entry per person please. Contest will close Monday, May 16th at 6pm CST.