Heat guns are primarily used in cardmaking and scrapbooking to heat emboss. Heating embossing is stamping an image either with a water based ink such as Tim holtz Distress Inks (these are coloured) or watermarks ink pads from Versamark (these are clear). Once stamped you then sprinkle on embossing powder to you design and heat with a heat gun to melt. Once heated the embossing powder creates a raised glossy finish to the stamped design.
Embossing powders come in a wide range of colours and also include different finishes such as glittered or ultra thick. Effects vary greatly according to the inks and embossing powders used.
The Papermania Heat gun is widely available from craft shops and online and costs around £15. This heat gun is pink with the Papermania logo. It has one speed setting, and is lightweight and easily to hold and grip. It has a pull down bracket to stand it on during use.
In use it is fairly quiet and has a safety guard however like all heat guns it does get pretty hot so you do need to exercise care and caution and ensure it is left somewhere safe to cool down after use.
When using the heat gun it is important to keep it moving so that you do not overheat your work, and to ensure all of your embossing powder melts. It is easy to see once the powder has melted as it will become raised and glossy.
The other thing to bear in mind is that card used for heat embossing must be kept try and not in moist conditions as otherwise when heated it will bow. It is best to keep your card for heat embossing in air tight containers or sealed bags to prevent this.
Heat guns are NOT suitable for use by children; they get extremely hot which could cause burns or fires if left near dry materials.
This is a great heat gun for cardmakers and scrapbookers alike- lightweight and easy to use to achieve beautiful effects.