I have a minor obsession with making temporary tattoos. I think they are just so much fun – especially for parties and holidays. I really loved the watercolor Fourth of July tattoos I shared with you all last month, and I’ve been meaning to share some other designs I’ve come up with. Today is the day!
Back in April, I attending a creative blogging conference. I wanted to make a little something special to hand out with my business cards, and I decided little tattoos would be the perfect thing!
I came up with three different designs. The first was a hand lettered design of the phrase “Makers Gonna Make.” The other two were designed to look like old timey tattoos but with a maker twist – one reads “Born to Craft” and the other says “DIY Hard.”I can’t even tell you which is my favorite because I just love them all – they are all my children. (Psst – I may be working on a post to help you make your own old timey tattoo designs for whatever you love. Is that something you all would be interested in?)
So I made a whole stack of my little baby tattoos, and taped them on the backs of my business cards like so:
I made little labels with tattoo instructions that I printed and cut out using my Silhouette and then I just secured the bottom of the tattoo with a small piece of black washi tape. I was pretty much crazy about my cards and those tattoos.
And while I loved sharing the tattoos at my conference, I wanted to share them with you all too!
How fun would these be at a craft night?! Or box some up as a gift for a creative in your life. They are super easy to make – here’s how:
Materials (I’ve included affiliate links in this post. Thanks for supporting Persia Lou!):
- Printable Temporary Tattoo Paper
- My Maker Tattoos Download (PDF or Silhouette file)
- Scraper or Old Credit Card
- Scissors or Silhouette
The temporary tattoo paper comes with a lightweight cardstock with a glossy finish on one side and an adhesive sheet with a light green backing.
Start by printing the maker tattoos image onto the glossy side of the white paper. Your images need to be reversed for the tattoos to work correctly. If you are using my image, they are already reversed for you.
Apply the adhesive sheet to the printed image by peeling off the top strip of the green backing. Next, apply the revealed line of adhesive to the top of the printed sheet.
Peel the green sheet back while smoothing the adhesive onto the printed sheet. Make sure the adhesive is firmly applied by going over it with a scraper or credit card.
Next, cut out the tattoos using Silhouette’s print and cut feature or just a pair of scissors.
When you are ready to apply the tattoos, just peel of the clear plastic top sheet, place the tattoo on the skin, apply a wet washcloth or sponge for 10-30 seconds, and then peel off the paper.
Et voila! Sweet new maker tatts.