Blur part of image in PAINT.NET

I have a simple problem. I have an image with text (as image). I want to blur this text. I think I did it before but it is not working the way I am doing.

Create a new layer, draw a rectangle on this layer which covers the
area I need to blur. I added blur effect to the this rectangle.

It did not work. I tried putting some color to this rectangle, tried different blend option for the layer but nothing worked.

What is the easier way to do it?

Answer

Found it myself but will accept any answer that is better

Make sure the edit you are working in is in top layer. If not bring it
all the way to top. Work in the same layer, draw a rectangle selection
on area you want to create blur Go to Menu > Effects > Blurs >
Gaussian Blur and set the amount.

Your selected area will not be blurred. If you moved your based later to the top, now you can move it back to base layer. The effects will appear.

Note: The above does not work if your image is not int the top layer.

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