Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer
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Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

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!

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Silhouette Printable Tattoo Paper
  • Printer
  • 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.

 

Tattoo Wood SCSH Rectangle Scale

 

 

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.

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

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.

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

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.

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

8. Peel back the plastic covering your image, and lay it face down on your wooden box.

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

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.

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

10. Once you have covered the entire image, peel back the paper backing to reveal your transferred photograph.

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

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!

 

 

Tattoo Paper Photo Transfer | Home Decor | Brittany Sazonoff (BSaz Creates) for Silhouette America

 

 

Do you have a photograph in mind that you would love to display in an unique way like this? Get to it!

Brittany Sazonoff

Hi friends, both old and new! My name is Brittany (of BSaz Creates) and I am so excited to be joining the Silhouette Creative Team for another year! Outside of the Creative Team, I am freelance designer and creative living out my life-long affair with crafts in Chicago, IL. I have used my Silhouette CAMEO for projects small and large. From invitations to storefront windows, Silhouette has expanded my capabilities as a one-woman design studio in so many ways. When I'm not working on a project (or even when I am) you can almost always find me eating ice cream and cuddling with my pint sized pup, Brody, who makes quite the appearance on my instagram. I can't wait to continue to share my projects with you all!

Products Used:

New Silhouette CAMEO®

Blade

Scraper

Temporary Tattoo Paper

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20 comments

  1. Great idea! So many projects come to mind… recipe box, picture frame, etc. Please keep us updated regarding sealing the image.

    1. Will do! Glad you enjoyed this!

  2. Now this is a very cool idea/project. I absolutely love it!

    1. Thank you, Sandra!!

  3. OHMYGAWWWW This is probably my favorite ever Silhouette project. I can’t wait to try it

    1. Kim!! What a compliment! I sure do miss you!

  4. Brittany where did you purchase your blank wooden canvas from?

    1. Hi Deadra. I’ve had this on hand for quite some time but I’m certain I got it at either Michaels or Joann’s – hope that helps!

  5. OMG! I LOVE this project! I will be ordering the tattoo paper and making this very soon! I was curious if the box needed to be sealed before attempting this project and looking for feedback on sealing this project. Thank you for sharing, AWESOME project!

    1. Thanks, Marilyn! I will certainly keep you all posted on how the sealing goes!!

  6. What a fabulous creation!! The end result is really amazing~

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Vicki!

  7. I’m off to order some tattoo paper–such a great idea! Thanks for sharing your idea and tips.

    1. I just restocked up, too! Enjoy!!

  8. If the sealer works out this would make great coasters! Will have to try it.

  9. WOW… this is just amazing tutorial. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thanks, Helen!!

  10. Thanks for sharing this cool tip! I was doing google search the other day for ways to transfer digital images to art canvas and one technique that I’ll be attempting is to use ‘packing tape’ to transfer on paper, or canvas in the same way you did with tattoo paper. Do you know if the tattoo paper transfer would work on stretched canvas?

  11. Gorgeous! I’m so happy to see something new and different! Have you tried spraying with sealant yet? I’m curious to know how it works.

  12. This is so creative!!! I want to try it out too!

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