Hi friends! Brittany here with another home decor tutorial and I have a confession. This may just be hands down one of my favorite home decor projects I’ve ever made. I am so excited to be here to share the full how-to with you! After seeing all the tattoo’d eggs this past spring (a project I never got around to trying) it got my wheels spinning. Then, I had an epiphany; I wondered how wood would take the tattoo paper. Well, the answer is that it turned out better than I could have ever hoped!
Supplies you’ll need:
- Silhouette Printable Tattoo Paper
- Silhouette CAMEO® or Silhouette Portrait®
- Wooden Box
1. To begin, start by creating a square shape using the “Rectangle Tool” in Silhouette Studio®. To help size your square accordingly with your wooden box, use the “Scale” window and enter the dimensions manually.
2. From your desktop or finder, drag your desired photo directly into the square in Silhouette Studio. Instagram photos work great for this project as they are already square shaped and don’t require additional cropping.
3. Since we are going to be printing our photo onto the Printable Tattoo Paper, you’re going to want to mirror your image (make it reverse) so that it is the correct way once it is transferred to your wood. With your photograph square selected, in the “Replicate” window choose “Mirror Right.” This will created a mirrored version of your photo. The original can now be deleted.
4. To give your CAMEO a cutting guide, you will need to add registration marks to your project and place your photo within the print/cut border. In the “Registration Marks” window choose “Type 1” for the “Style” category and leave the rest of the settings at their default.
If your photo is too large, you can still print onto the Printable Tattoo Paper without registrations marks, but will have to cut your photo out by hand versus the convenience and accuracy of your CAMEO or Portrait.
5. Send your project to print.
6. Once the image is printed and the ink is dry, you will want to apply the adhesive sheet to the front of your full image. Start by peeling off the little green strip to use as an anchor and continue until the whole green backing is off. Silhouette has a great video tutorial here if you need more visual guidance on this step. Be sure to smooth out any wrinkles using your scraper tool over the full printed image.
7. In the “Cut Settings” window, select “Temporary Tattoo Paper” and manually adjust your blade to a setting of 4 with your grey blade key.
8. Peel back the plastic covering your image, and lay it face down on your wooden box.
9. With a wet towel, begin to press the back of your Printable Tattoo Paper and you will start to see the image show through as each section is wet.
10. Once you have covered the entire image, peel back the paper backing to reveal your transferred photograph.
And there you have it!
I love how the wood texture and color shows through where white would normally be on this black and white photo of the city.
I am going to attempt a spray sealant to keep it safe, but was nervous that if it didn’t work out as planned, I wouldn’t have a project to share . . . So that part has yet to happen, but will!
Do you have a photograph in mind that you would love to display in an unique way like this? Get to it!