I don't know what price point your looking for, but a great professional alternative to Copics are the dual tip Zig Kuretake pens. They are high quality so they are a bit pricey, but outstanding rich color saturation. The are also water soluble so you can use them like a water color pan. Meaning you can dip your wet paint brush along the tip to pick up color from the pen and paint with it. Very versatile. You can get them in complimentary color sets like skin tones, landscaping, etc.
Welcome back to card making, wishing you the best.
I too am thinking of buying new pens. I had the Tombow and they are nice pens. But they leave ghost like tracks and if you are not using water color paper you cannot blend them well,
Most others do the same. I am not sure that Copic is any different. Arteza and Zig pens are water color pens. But they leave a track as well. I am told Ohuhu pens color like Copic and they are reasonably priced..
I would like a pen that lays down smooth and will blend well with itself. I would even stand it if they took a while to dry. Hmmm like chalk pens that dry permanent.
Edited by southgirl on 08-23-18 09:26 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.