Did you know that you can make your very own temporary tattoos using an inkjet printer and your Silhouette CAMEO or Portrait? They’re easy to make and look amazing! Since Independence Day is coming up I used a few patriotic designs along with some other designs to enjoy.
To make your own temporary tattoos:
- Make sure your page size is set to “letter” and then turn on registration marks.
- Choose your designs and place them on the page. Print and cut designs work really well for temporary tattoos since they colors are already filled in and the cut lines are ready to go. I don’t like wasting paper so I filled up my page with all the designs that would fit.
- Mirror the images so they’ll show up correctly when applied. You can do this by selecting all of your images, right clicking, and then selecting “flip horizontally”.
- In the package of printable tattoo paper you’ll see a green sheet and a white sheet. Print your designs on the glossy side of the white sheet.
- Let the ink dry completely. Find the end of the green sheet that has a strip and peel the green backing off of it.
- Place the green sheet on top of the printed white sheet. Once they’re aligned adhere the exposed adhesive strip then peel away the rest of the backing.
- Go over the joined sheets with your scraper tool.
- Place the sheet on your cutting mat and load it into your Silhouette. In your cut settings window, select “temporary tattoo paper” as your material type. Make sure the “double cut” option is selected then cut out the designs. Sometimes the glossy surface can make the registration marks difficult to read. If you’re having problems try shining a flashlight on the marks as your machine is trying to read them.
To apply the temporary tattoos:
- Take the individual tattoo and peel away the clear plastic layer.
- Place the tattoo with the printed sticky side against the skin.
- Cover it with a wet cloth for around 15 seconds. Be careful not to move it around so you get a cleanly transferred image. The paper backing should come off easily when it is ready.
These temporary tattoos usually last for a couple of days, but can be removed with a washcloth and warm water if needed. Don’t let this kids craft fool you…they’re lots of fun for grown ups too!