Best Blending Tool and Cardstock for Blending, 2019

I have made a video using blending tools, but I wanted to use the newest tools on the market in this video.  Some of these products are older, and some have come to my attention this year, so I’m combining both..

Inks Used:

Stampin’ Up Tempting Turquoise replaced with Coastal Cabana:
Wendy Vecchi Blending Inks: Conflower blue:
Distress Ink: Broken China
Distress Oxide Ink: Wilted Violet link:

Stencil Revolution Stencil: Lavender

Blending Tools Used:

Ranger Mini Blending Tool:

Black Aliexpress Brushes:

Shaving Brush:

1″ chip brushes: Harbor Freight Liquidators:

Copper or Gold Colored Aliexpress Brush link:

Cardstocks used:
Neenah Solar White Classic Crest 80lb. link:

Recollections Heavyweight cream cardstock 110 lb:

Georgia Pacific 110lb cardstock

Results per tool used:

Ranger Mini Blending Tool:
I found it left lines from the edges on all of the card stocks, and only really liked using it on the stencil and it works well with Distress Oxide inks
]Aliexpress Black brush —I had great results with all papers, but my big concern is the handle and how flimsy it is. I was afraid I would break it, so had to hold the brush by the head to ink it.

Shaving Brush–Gives a very scratchy look, and leaves a blurred image on the edges of the stencil.

1″ chip brush–Also gives a scratchy look, but looks like it lays down more ink than the shaving brush. Also blurs the edges of the stencil..

Copper/Gold Brush from Aliexpress—My favorite..the handle is much more sturdy than the black handled brush…I like the blending it does more than the other tools, and the stencil edges are very sharp. I recommend this tool above the others, and found it did the best job of being consistent on all papers, but I found they all blended best on the Georgia Pacific cardstock.

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