Vendor Spotlight: American Crafts – Zap Heat Tool

Reported by Marti Wills
I recently had the opportunity to test out the Zap Heat Tool by American Crafts.

It is a super cute bright pink color, which I liked right away. It also comes with the little black metal piece to use as a tabletop stand.

I began with a stamp set by American Crafts called Terrace Small. I stamped with American Crafts Chestnut Pigment Ink and used Zing embossing powders in Opaque Black, Opaque Red & Silver Metallic. As you can see here the powder did not stick well to the pigment ink:
I went ahead and heated it but I was not happy with the splotchy results:

So I tried again, this time using Versamark to stamp with. I got better coverage with the powder:

My results were better this time.

Next I stamped some stars from the same stamps set using Versamark Ink and covered them with Zing Gold Glitter & Blue Metallic embossing powders.

I paired these glittering stars with American Crafts Margarita paper and some fun Iguana Varnish Thickers all on a slightly textured piece of blue American Crafts cardstock.

Here is a closer look at the Thickers – they have tiny clear raised dots on them – I thought they were really neat.
Overall the Heat Tool performed as expected – it easily melted the embossing powders with very little wait time.


  • Did not take long to heat up or to melt the embossing powder 
  • Cute pink color 
  • Tabletop stand
  • Pink plastic safety guard around the heat nozzle


    • Airflow was too strong and blew quite a bit of the powder off before it could melt it 
    • Very noisy, which would be a problem if filming a tutorial 
    • I would prefer a tool with a smaller size

    edited to add:

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    Have you tried the Zap Heat Tool? What did you think? If not, what are you looking for in a heat tool?

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    21 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: American Crafts – Zap Heat Tool

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      janine August 8, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

      I’ve tried the Zap Heat Tool but it was too powerful. I experienced the same thing as you did with the embossing powder blowing off the project before it had a chance to melt. I ended up giving mine away and picked up the heat tool by Ranger. It takes just a bit little longer but the results it gives is what I’m after.

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      cgl1539 August 9, 2011 at 8:27 am #

      I like the looks of it but I have a little trouble with blowing away of powder with my less powerful heat tool, so probably wouldnt get this one

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      Kelly Massman August 9, 2011 at 8:39 am #

      I haven’t tried the zap gun but I have tried embossing! Thanks for a chance to win a package from AC!!!

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      Regina aka Mrs. Ham August 9, 2011 at 10:13 am #

      I’ve never tried the Zep Heat tool. It looks the same as the one I already have.

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      kim August 9, 2011 at 10:56 am #

      Yes I have tried this heat gun and like it other than how loud it is.

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      catnap August 9, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      When I took my first card making class I fell in love with heat embossing. The heat tool and powders were among the first things I bought to get started. I have a heat tool labeled Nicole which looked almost identical to the Zap. Don’t know if there’s any connection there. Mine is noisy (which I think of when I’m working in the middle of the night while DH is sleeping!), but I don’t think it blows too much. I have found that the quality of the embossing powders is critical. Lower quality means odd results that never melt correctly. I’d like to try Zing. BTW, I must be in a distinct minority of women who don’t like pink. I’d like to see tools in other colors.

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      Lucy Newton August 9, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      I am looking for a machine that has different heat settings and that it does not get too hot very quickly

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      ShoppingTamii August 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

      I haven’t tried their heat tool. Mine gets too hot sometimes, so I am curious if their’s does…

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      TImeless Creations August 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm #

      I agree with you on the Zap Heat Tool! Love the look when it’s finished, but would prefer something wiht a little less power!

      Trying to create a scrapbook blog of our own, would love the support of you & your readers!! Thanks!

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      Anita August 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

      I haven’t tried the Zap tool. I love my ranger heat tool.

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      DQScrapper August 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

      I have another brand so I have never tried the zap. I have not been real successful with embossing however I would like to be. Have never tried the zing brand so I will have to do that. Love your articles!!

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      Suzanne August 9, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

      I’ve never tried the Zap tool…a biggy for me in heat tools is preserving what i’ve put on paper without it blowing away….so that’s a definite con.

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      rudie2shoes August 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

      I’ve never tried this tool before. I have another brand but I think the head is too big so it warps my paper too much.

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      funkycrafter August 9, 2011 at 5:17 pm #

      i haven’t tried the zap, but have one that is similar. had a terrible time with heat embossing until i bought a hair-dryer style heat tool with a gentler flow. now it is easy. will never buy another one of the zap-style. but i do like all of the other american craft products i have tried.

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      Barb August 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

      I have never used the Heat Zap Tool, but it looks similar to the heat tool that I currently use for embossing. Thanks for the chance to win.

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      Sue D August 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

      No I have not tried the Zap Heat tool yet.

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      Karen L August 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

      Have not tried the Zap heat tool and would probably not like it if it blows the embossing powder off the image. The cute pink color is not enough to make up for the drawbacks. I like a heat tool that gives consistent heat without too much wind power. I’m happy as ever with my current heat gun by Darice!

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      paperpapier August 10, 2011 at 5:52 am #

      Zap Heat Tool sound efficient to me. Haven’t tried any before. Currently, mine is a bit noisy and I have difficulty to heat the embossing powder efficiently…it always ended either my paper is burned or the powder melted unevenly.

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      Kayla and Samuel August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      I never have tried this heat tool, it is a must have for the embossing though. I was taught by using a burner from a stove top, so this would have to be better!

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      Nitasha August 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

      I have not trid the Zap Heat Tool, but I recently purchased another brand and it just stopped working after a few uses! Luckily the company has good customer service and immediately sent me a replacement, but I would still love to try out the Zap! Basically, I’m looking for a quiet heat tool that will last!!!

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      Mrs.Kwitty August 13, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

      I’ve never tried embossing, period, lol—but it looks like fun!!
      Smiles, Karen