Reported by Morgan Novak
We R Memory Keepers really does make some of the best scrapbooking and cardmaking tools out there, so I was excited to get my hands on this little guy; the Heart Attack Distressing Tool. I am not a super heavy distresser, but I do like to dabble when distressing fits the feel of a project. For this review though, I vowed to try a more heavy handed approach on my projects, and I was excited to play!
The Heart Attack comes with the Heart Attack tool itself, along with 3 adhesive-backed sandpaper sheets. To get yourself ready to go, you simply pull the back off one of the sandpaper sheets, apply it directly to the Heart Attack tool, and you’re good to go!
The Heart Attack also has a built in retractable blade for scraping your paper. To expose the blade you just push a little button up and it stays out. When you are all done, you just flip the button back down and you don’t have to worry about having a loose blade kicking around in your craft space.
For my first project I wanted to try out some plain ol’ sanding on a piece of embossed paper with a coordinating paper core. I slipped my finger into the little ring on the back of the tool and found that I really liked how well the size and shape of the Heart Attack fit into my hand. I also loved that you can switch the direction you are holding the tool, so that the bottom point of the heart is at the top allowing for a smaller section of sandpaper if you are working in smaller areas. I sanded away at my paper and was able to quickly sand the embossed portions of the paper down to the core very evenly while only applying a small amount of pressure!
I was so impressed with how easy it was to get a completely even level of sanding on a card front sized piece of paper, that I decided to try again with a larger, 12×12″, piece of embossed paper. I found that I was just as pleased with the result on the larger piece!
After I was done sanding the embossed pattern down, I thought that it would be fun to try out the scraping blade next. I pushed the button up, exposed the blade and scraped it along all 4 sides of my paper. I have to admit, I was pretty timid at first, but once I saw how nicely the blade was scraping the paper, and how easy it was to control the amount of distressing, I got a little heavier handed and scraped evenly again and again until I reached my desired look.
Next, I stashed the blade back away using the button, and went back to the sandpaper. This time I used it to lightly distress the edges of the We R Memory Keepers cardstock that I wanted to use as my layout base. This was my first time using WRMK cardstock, and I really liked the texture! The edges sanded very nicely!
Here you can see all 3 sanding and scraping levels that I used; flat sanding on an embossed cardstock, scraping the edges of the same cardstock using the blade, and lightly distressing the edges of the WRMK cardstock using the sandpaper.
I liked using the blade portion of the tool to scrape the edges of paper and then rolling them up a little, so I decided to also use the same technique on the edges of my patterned paper, which is all from the cute “Family Keepsake” collection!
All in all, I really liked how the Heart Attack tool worked for my uses. I also like that it comes with re-fill pieces of the adhesive backed sandpaper so that, although I barely noticed any wear on the sandpaper after my projects were finished, I don’t have to be worried about wearing through them and can happily distress away!
- Gives you great control over what area you are distressing and how heavy handed you want to be.
- Very easy to maintain even pressure with not a lot of effort.
- The blade housing seems to be very tight, as to not allow paper scraps in to gum up the works.
- At $5.99 MSRP, I think it’s well worth it.
- The blade can get caught up in lighter-weight papers if you don’t slow down your distressing pace.
- Adhering pieces of paper after sanding can be a little tough because of the paper “dust,” but that’s a general hazard of distressing, not the Heart Attack’s fault.
Our friends at We R Memory Keepers are giving away a Heart Attack Tool and the Fiesta paper collection and Family Keepsake paper collection to one lucky reader. Just answer the any of the following questions in the comment section of this blog on either of the articles about the Heart Attack Tool to be entered:
How much distressing do you like to use on your paper crafts projects? Do you think you would benefit from the easy control and maneuverability of the Heart Attack? Are you using it already and loving it?