Temporary Tattoos
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Temporary Tattoos




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”.

Tutorial: DIY Temporary Tattoos |Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • 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.

Tutorial: DIY Temporary Tattoos |Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • 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.

Tutorial: DIY Temporary Tattoos |Analisa Murenin for Silhouette

  • 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.

Tutorial: DIY Temporary Tattoos |Analisa Murenin for Silhouette


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!


Hi there, I’m Analisa! I love to travel and explore new places along with my husband and son. When we’re not on the go I’m happily crafting. I’ve been a crafter for as long as I can remember. When I was younger I collected every craft kit I could get my hands on. Not much has changed. I love my Silhouette because it such a versatile instrument for creating. I can stencil fabric with one project, then create stickers for my son with the next. I love experimenting with all it can do.

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  1. Ah! Analisa! A very timely tutorial for me!

    My grandson was wanting a lizard tattoo. I was able to find a lizard, color it in, get the registration marks, and everything I thought was needed. But, my machine just couldn’t read the registration marks. (Many, many tries. Many many failures. Very frustrating!) Since I really don’t have that much experience with the Silhouette, I came to the end of my knowledge very fast and none of the other “how-tos” I came across dealt with an issue like that.

    I also had not picked up on the handy little strip on the adhesive, either. That should make my success with that much easier, too.

    Can’t wait to get home and try out the flashlight and strip on the adhesive again!!

    1. I hope the flashlight tip worked for you Bonnie. These tattoos are so much fun! I’m sure your grandson is going to be a happy camper!

      1. well, I didn’t get right back to the tatoos like Ii hoped, but I will let you know!

  2. Thanks for reminding me about the tattoo paper! I’m sure all the little cousins will want patriotic tattoos as we attend the parade this weekend. 🙂

    1. I bet all the kiddos go crazy for your fun projects Kelly!

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