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Old 12-29-2007, 03:10 AM   #8
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Blending stumps are tightly rolled paper.

I have rolled heavy weight paper into a sharp point and used it before when I ran off and left my blending stumps at home. It worked well enough, but I wouldn't want to do it if I planned on doing a ton of coloring.

You can also use skewers with tips rolled in cotton from cotton balls. I tried toothpicks but they snapped too easily.

I have also used baby oil, clear shoe polish cream and glycerin before as blending mediums when I ran out (dumped over the bottle) of gamsol in the middle of a project.

As far as what pencils to use - I have prismacolors, prang, creative memories, Stampin' Up!, crayola and off brands. All collected over the years as my hobby progressed. I like the choice of colors that you get with prismacolors and the opacity(?) (is that a word?), but my prangs run a close second. Then the SU! pencils but not enough color choices. I can blend them to get other colors but I would rather just grab one that is already to go. KWIM?

Good luck,
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