Numerous studies have shown the value of introducing cognitive supports to encourage the development of creative ability, using both convergent and divergent methods to develop and synthesize ideas. As part of this iterative idea generation process, design students often struggle to explore new ideas after their initial ideas are exhausted. Yet, there is little instructional guidance on how to productively use the exhaustion of ideas as a way to encourage the development of creative ability, particularly in relation to creativity support tools. In this study, an idea generation tool called Design Heuristics was employed in an industrial design course at a large Midwestern university. Students were given a simple design task, and 30 minutes to generate concept ideas on their own; then, after ten minutes of instruction on the Design Heuristics tool, students generated more ideas for an additional 30 minutes using the same problem. Working on their own, students generated an average of 6 concepts, and generated 2.7 additional concepts while using the Design Heuristics tool. Even though the initial ideation session resulted in more concepts, once their ideas were exhausted, the students were able to continue creating more concepts using Design Heuristics. Concepts created in this second session were rated as higher in their novelty, specificity, and relevance. These results suggest the advantages of introducing creativity support tools following a period where students can work using their own ideas; once exhausted, they may be more open to adopting the method or tool introduced, and may produce more creative outcomes.