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Trying Out Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios (“Life Changing” Blender Brushes)

NOTE: Today’s post is part of a blog hop for Paper Smooches latest release, which comes out this Thursday (yes, Valentine’s Day!). So be sure to check back on Thursday for links to the new dies that I use for the shaker card. :)

Morning, all! With all of the blending I’ve been doing lately, many of you have been suggesting I try out the “Life Changing” Blender Brushes from Picket Fence Studios. Picket Fence was kind enough to send me some of their brushes so in today’s video I’ll be trying them out for the very first time.

(Wondering what I used in this video? Everything is linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post, or in the text below. Compensated affiliate links used when possible).

I tried one of the brushes with four colors of Distress Oxide ink: Abandoned Coral, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, and Seedless Preserves. I found that swirling the brush in a circular pattern on the ink pad was the best way to “load up” up the brush with ink. Then I swirled the brush onto the cardstock and I was left with a very delicate application of color. These brushes are great for very fine and light application. The blending was beautiful! I think the blender brushes would be great for those who struggle with getting a very light-handed application of color (which let’s face it, is everyone–blending ink can be tough!).

To create the shaker card, I used the Flaunters dies from Paper Smooches to cut out a circle window, and the Over the Rainbow Shaker Mix from Little Things by Lucy’s Cards for the colorful pearls and gems inside the shaker. I finished off the card with a greeting die cut from Paper Smooches Celebrate Word die.

Paper Smooches Blog Hop

Here is all the details about today’s Paper Smooches Blog Hop for the February 2019 release! ONE new stamp set and FOUR new dies will be available to purchase at 10:00 AM Central time zone on February 14th. You will find the new products at their online store once they go live.

To add extra fun to our blog hop…there is a prize! The prize – a $25 gift code to use at the PS online store.

Here are the details:

  • Leave a comment on any of the blogs in the blog hop (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning)
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25 prize
  • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on February 14th to leave a comment.
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on February 15th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Good luck! Now it’s time to get hopping! Your next stop on the hop is the amazing Laura Bassen. :)


Compensated affiliate links used when possible. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were provided by a store or the manufacturer. All other items were personally purchased. Items below are shown in the order they appear in the video.

Paper Smooches Celebrate Word die
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*Paper Smooches Flaunters dies…
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Little Things From Lucy’s Cards Over…
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*Picket Fence Studios Life Changing…
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Tonic Easy Clean Mat
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, 110…
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White…
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*Lawn Fawn Stamp Shammy
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in…
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*Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in…
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*Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in…
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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in…
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Tim Holtz Tonic Maxi Guillotine Paper…
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Scor-Pal Scor-Buddy scoring board
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Simon Says Stamp Teflon Bone Folder
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Tombow Xtreme Permanent Adhesive
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Tombow Xtreme Adhesive Refill
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*Spellbinders Platinum 6 Die Cutting…
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Neenah Desert Storm Card Stock, 100 lb.
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Hot Off the Press Heat Resistant Acetate
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Ranger Multi Medium Matte, 0.5 oz
3M Scotch Foam Tape
Bazzill Card Shoppe Licorice Twist…
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*Gina K Designs Connect Glue
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EK Success Tweezers
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Dahle Self-Healing Cutting 18×12 Mat
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  • Reply Rhonda February 13, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    beautiful blending and card!

  • Reply JanR February 14, 2019 at 6:17 am

    So fantastic! Wonderful colours!

  • Reply Milka Gubo February 14, 2019 at 6:59 am

    AMAZING card, Kristina!! Love it so much!!! :o) Thank you for the inspiration. :o)

  • Reply Mary-Anne V. February 14, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I shared on FB about the release and hop.

  • Reply Patricia February 14, 2019 at 10:56 am

    Awesom card, very colorful.

  • Reply Kris Reeves February 14, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I love my life changing brushes! Lovely card!

  • Reply Buffy Scott February 14, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Love this card Kristina! Thank you for all of your ideas & videos!! ❤️

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