5 TIPS

FOR US­ING A HEAT TOOL

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - Crafter’s Q&a -

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Al­low your heat tool to warm up for 30-45 sec­onds be­fore us­ing it so it’s reached the op­ti­mum tem­per­a­ture for work­ing. This will keep you from warp­ing your card and en­sure a nice and even em­bossed fin­ish. 2

To ap­ply heat to die-cuts or smaller pieces of ma­te­rial, hold them with a wooden clothes peg, skewer or tweez­ers so you don’t burn your fin­gers. 3

When us­ing a heat tool on shrink plas­tic, hold it around 50mm above the plas­tic and keep it mov­ing around so you don’t warp or burn the ma­te­rial. 4

Heat tools can get very hot, so al­ways be sure to use them with cau­tion, su­per­vise chil­dren if they’re us­ing one, and un­plug your heat tool when fin­ished. 5

Al­ways pro­tect your work sur­face when us­ing a heat tool. Try us­ing a heat­proof mat or, as a cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive, a ce­ramic tile.

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