Hobby and craft projects are a great way of spending time with your kids and having fun together. But it’s quite a challenge to keep coming up with new ideas to keep them interested.
Making your own fake tattoos at home is one of those things that is easy to do, yet doesn’t come to mind very often.
When I was younger, you could only buy a few limited designs from the store. But nowadays there are lots of different ways to make them yourself.
Keep reading to find out how to use Silhouette temporary tattoo paper and your vinyl cutter to quickly and easily make homemade tattoos.
What Is Temporary Tattoo Paper?
Temporary tattoos can be made through a variety of different ways. One of the most basic ways is to directly apply paint to the skin using an art brush. This takes a lot of time and requires a talented artist as well.
Nowadays, most temporary tattoos are made by using decals on special tattoo paper. After printing the design on the tattoo paper you can easily apply them to the skin. This allows you to make personalized tattoos and you can print the same design as many times as you want.
The tattoo paper is made by coating the paper with several layers. In general, the first layer will be some kind of non-stick material such as silicone, which will help to remove the paper. Then a second layer composed of gelatin or a polymer is used to form a transfer film. This film is designed in such a way that it adheres to the backing paper during the printing process, but can still be removed when you apply the tattoo.
There are many different types of tattoo papers available. But when working with the Cameo, the best tattoo paper to use is the one by Silhouette itself.
If you want, you can also switch out the Cameo for a Silhouette Portrait.
Coming Up With a Design
Since today’s article is a basic Silhouette tattoo paper tutorial, we won’t go into details about designing a tattoo itself. You probably already have something in mind. If not, you can find some basic designs online or you can come up with something from scratch using art software like Photoshop or use Silhouette Studio directly.
For detailed instruciton on creating the perfect design, try taking some online die cutting lessons.
How to Print Your Design?
Before you click the print and cut button in your Silhouette Cameo, you want to make sure you go through the following steps.
- Select your design and change the cut settings to NO CUT.
- Select ONLY the offset and change the cut setting back to CUT.
- Select everything and GROUP them together.
- MIRROR your design in the replicate window.
- Navigate to the design page settings and set the page size to LETTER.
- Navigate to the registration marks window and change the style to TYPE 1.
- Fill the paper with your design.
- Click the print button and set the paper type to PHOTO PAPER GLOSSY.
Before you click the print button, you want to be sure that you are printing on the right side of the paper. Which means you should be printing on the glossy side of the paper.
Also, to be as efficient as possible and not waste any Silhouette tattoo paper, you want to fit as many designs as you can on the same sheet. It’s best to combine both big and smaller tattoos onto one page.
How to Cut Your Design?
As soon as the ink is completely dry, you need to do the following steps to finish your tattoo.
- Line up the front of the Silhouette tattoo paper you just printed on with the transfer sheet.
- Peel the backing paper of the transfer sheet.
- Use your Silhouette Cameo to cut the designs.
How To Apply A Temporary Tattoo?
If you have successfully made it this far, you are ready to apply the tattoo. These homemade tattoos work the same as any other temporary tattoo. In case you don’t remember, here are the basic steps.
- Peel away the transfer sheet from the tattoo.
- Press the tattoo against your skin at the desired location.
- Apply a damp cloth or paper tissues on your tattoo for about 20 seconds.
- Remove the paper backing.
- Let the tattoo dry.
How To Remove a Temporary Tattoo?
These temporary tattoos are great for parties or special events. But you don’t always want to wear them for a long time. Normally these tattoos will last for around 2 days.
If you don’t want to wait that long, you can remove the tattoo by scrubbing with a cloth under warm water. This rubbing motion normally is enough to break down the tattoo into small pieces that will fall off. If that doesn’t work, you can try scrubbing with some baby oil or alcohol.
If you applied the tattoo only recently, you can sometimes remove it using scotch tape. Place the tape on top of the tattoo and then peel it the tape of again. This can work because the tattoo will adhere more strongly to the tape than your skin. But you might have to apply tape several times to remove all the traces.