Handle Your Heat Gun
If you are a stamper then you probably own a heat gun. It is usually one of the essential tools after stamps and ink. I have stamped for 17+ years and have owned two makes of heat guns in that time.
My first three heat guns came from the same manufacturer. The first of those lasted only a few months. I contacted the manufacturer and they replaced it for free. The replacement was toast in a couple of weeks. When I called the manufacturer again about this failure I was given some very good advice, "After using your heat gun, point the nozzle UP. This allows the super heated air to escape AWAY from the motor and fan." My third heat gun lasted about 14 years. And that is saying a lot because my heat guns really get a work out. I make between 400 and 600 cards a year and at least half of those have had a heat gun application somewhere in the design process.
A caution when using a heat gun - Watch what you are doing! This is not a toy. I have read that the air temperature just out of the nozzle is about 600 degrees. That can mean some serious burns for the unwary. If your heat gun has an exposed metal tip be extra cautious, especially around novice stampers and children. You can scorch or even ignite paper if you are not careful. ("I don't want to talk about it, I hate flaming projects." says Shelly's voice of experience.)
Heat guns are a crafting tool that are not limited to stamping. I have found all types of non-stamping uses for my heat guns. There are many makes and models of heat guns with various features. I am currently using a Milwaukee heat gun and have been very satisfied with it. It is one of the more expensive models, but I know that with a little care it will last me for many years.