Red Crabs are copic on the left and impress on the right. I use impress and tombow pretty much interchangeable and won't buy a red tombow as I have a red impress..
Blue crabs feature prismacolor marker on the left and tombow on the right. I didn't have a closer match so you need to compare color coverage, not the ACTUAL COLOR. :)
This was the most important test for me. I used the PEN end of both this time. Purple clam, prismacolor pen end on the left tombow pen end on the right. I feel this most dramaticly shows the difference.
On all of them the waterbased (tombow, impress and the SU markers are all waterbased) the paper got a bit fuzzy and you can really tell where I had to go back in if I missed a spot. On the copic/prismacolor ones you cannot tell where I had to go back in.
This photo shows two things. 1. The alcohol markers bleed through the paper A LOT. There is NO marker on my desk from this but you see they went through the paper. If you make cards with no layers these will not work for you at all. 2. The tips. This is where I actually perfer the prismacolor (thank heavens they are cheaper!) because they have the wedge tip just like the copic but then a super fine tip. Strangely you see my one prismacolor one has a finer tip than the other? There is no indication on the marker of this, the little drawing that shows you the tip is the same on both. Weird.. Anyhow I wish it was the brush tip and the super tiny tip, but I MUST have the tiny tip, I stink at coloring with the copic because it's just a pretty big marker. Oh the copic won't roll off your desk.
Also the copic comes in like 300 colors, now of course over 30 of them are gray but anyhow...
So for me the plan is this, About once a week I will buy a new marker, I will ALWAYS use at least a 40% coupon for them. If I cannot find a good shade in the prismacolor I will get copic. (they have especially great pinks and flesh tones)
one last thing...
Use Stazon, I did this one with totally dry versafine ink. I even heat set it then left it for a while. You can see it was a mess.
I'll try them on glossy another day I'm not feeling well but wanted to get this to you as I know you all sit at home thinking, "What is Erin up to tonight" hahaha kidding!!! (although there are a few of YOU who I wake up and say, "I hope so and so posted overnight" I won't name names and make you blush but I bet you know who you are!
Edited to include:
I emailed Em of http://www.stampingbella.com about her 4 pack. She has GREAT prices on the prismacolor markers. she has 5 seperate then a 4 pack, but the pack doesn't list the colors. Anyhow they are :
She's super friendly and I highly recomend getting stuff from her. ESPECIALLY if you happen to live in Canada. :)