I too have used my clothes iron for crafting over the years. (like I EVER iron clothes?
) But whe I came across some tequniques that would work better with a steam holeless craft iron I went to Michael's and use a coupon to get a mini craft iron. I think it was $35-$40 full price & I used a 50% off coupon. I found it in the sewing notions aisle on the bottom shelf. It comes apart for easy storage & includes a lil bag to carry/store the pieces. So far it's worked great! I also bought (w/coupon) a mini ironing board w/legs that fold flat to use with the mini iron since getting the big board out is a pain & takes up a lot of room when I'm only working on card sized pieces.
Another useful, but often over looked tool is a silicon hot glue pad. M's carries them for about $3.50-ish (that's what I paid for mine several years ago) in the floral tools section (florist's tape, wire for stems, hot glue tools & accs. etc.). I use it not only with my hot glue gun, but have also used it with my heat tool (tho' the hot air created under it can make it rise in a big bubble until the pad cools off
) to set stuff I'm embossing on as well as when making hot glue 'wax' seals. One can melt the colored glue right on the pad, press the desired image into the soft hot glue, then peel off the pieces when they've cooled.