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Tattooing My Nieces and Nephews: A Silhouette Tutorial

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My nieces and nephews entered into their tattoo phase a bit early.  They’re 3, 4, and 5-years-old…but these are different times we’re living in people.  Annnnnd, I just may have had some Silhouette Temporary Tattoo Paper just begging to be turned into some gifts for my favorite little ones.

The occasion?  Well, my niece Reagan and nephew Jeremiah enjoyed their birthdays earlier in the month, and this past Saturday, the whole family got together for a special celebration in their honor.  We met at Green Meadows Petting Farm in Kissimmee for pony rides, cow-milking, and duck-chasing.  I have some pretty fun photos of our adventures to share at the end, but first, I wanted to give you a run-down on how easy it was to create these tattoos.

NOTE: And although this is a Silhouette tutorial, but you can totally complete this project handy-dandy scissors.  So, stick with me, everyone!

DIY Temporary Tattoos: A Silhouette Tutorial

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Step 1.  Create your designs in Silhouette Studio.  I decided to create some tattoos especially for Reagan and Jeremiah’s birthday, so I used my favorite frames font, KG Flavor and Frames, for the medal, and then the playful Willy Wonka font for the text.  I even created tattoos for their siblings, Cora & Micah, that said, “Big Bro” and “Big Sis.”

Temporary Tattoo designs in Silhouette Studio

For the rest of the designs, I used a combination of shapes I had purchased from the Silhouette store, free downloads, and free clip art files I traced.  When I asked my sister-in-law Jodi what the boys were really into lately she said, “Anything that is a cold-hearted killer seems to be a favorite!”  So, I was sure to include a dino, gator, and shark in their collection.  I know my niece Cora loves chasing lizards, so I was sure to include a gecko in the mix.

In general, I made my designs 1.5 – 2 inches, since they’d be worn on tiny hands and arms.  I also used the offset tool to create cut lines just a smidgen outside the design.  It’s really important to mirror the image, so they look backwards when you print.  Just select all of the shapes, go to Object, Transform, Flip Horizontally.

Step 2.  Print your designs on the Tattoo Paper.  Before printing, make sure that you’ve identified your paper as letter-sized (that’s in the Page Tools window).  Then, in the Registration Marks window, click “Show Reg Marks.”  Lastly, make sure your designs are inside those registration marks.  The registration marks ensure your machine knows where your images are; that way, it can cut exactly where you want it to.

The kit comes with 4 sheets total: 2 printable tattoo sheets (white) and 2 adhesive sheets (green).  We have a regular inkjet printer, nothing fancy, and it printed really well!  Just make sure your color ink cartridges are full, load your white printable tattoo sheet so it prints on the glossy side, and hit print.

Printed tattoos via

Step 3.  Apply the adhesive to your tattoo paper.  After your printed paper has dried, next, it’s time to apply an adhesive sheet over top of it.  This was the trickiest part, and I wish I had worked a little more slowly than I did because my adhesive got a little off track early on and wrinkled in places.  So, just be cognizant of getting a strong start.  Use your scraper tool or a credit card to help smooth it out from the middle to the sides as you work your way down.  And it’s not the end of the world if you end up with creases like I did.  Eventually, this paper gets peeled off and the adhesive remains behind on the design, so as long as you smooth out the creases as much as possible, you’re good to go!

Applying Adhesive to Tattoos via

Step 4.  Cut out your tattoos.  Go back into Silhouette Studio, open up the Cut Style window (the little scissors), and select “No Cut” to everything except the outer outline of the tattoo (which you DO want cut).  Everything left in bright red will be cut by your machine.  Use your machine’s recommended cut settings for Printable Tattoo Paper, and cut away!

If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can still use this paper!  You would just have to cut the shapes out by hand, but since the shapes work best with a margin anyway, it would be fairly easy.

Cutting out printed tattoos with a Silhouette Cameo via

Step 5.  Pop out your cut tattoo designs.  No hook tool needed for this part!  Since the designs are double-cut, they popped out of the tattoo paper with ease.

Weeded tattoos, ready to be gifted!

That’s it!  I placed each set of 8 tattoos for my 4 oldest nieces and nephews in 4 different envelopes.  The birthday kids got a special birthday note.

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And then, at the Petting Farm on Saturday, I got to present each kid with their tattoos at lunch time.  Of course, we had to put one on each of them then and there.  I guess you could consider this the last step of the tutorial!

Auntie Lauren showing off her tattoo!  via

Step 6.  Apply your temporary tattoos!

  • Peel away the clear plastic layer to reveal the adhesive.
  • Place your tattoo face down on your skin where you want it.
  • Cover it with a wet paper towel or cloth for 15-20 seconds.
  • Then, slowly remove the white paper backing and your design should be left behind on the skin.
  • Air dry.

And you’re done!  These were made to last about a day and can be removed with a wet washcloth.  (Mine lasted a little more than a day, even after taking a shower.)

Here’s the play-by-play in photo form as I applied the shark tattoo to my nephew Micah’s arm.

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From the look on his face, I think he’s a fan!


Besides gifts, I think temporary tattoos would make great birthday party favors, could serve as part of a Halloween costume (as a substitute to face-painting), or as a safety measure when visiting public places (you could include the text, “If lost, please call….” with your phone number).

Dear reader, what would you create with Printable Tattoo Paper?

Petting Farm Fun

And because Auntie Lauren will look for any excuse to show off her cute nieces and nephews, here are some more photos of our time at Green Meadows Petting Farm.  If you’re ever in the Kissimmee area, I highly recommend checking it out!  They took great care of the animals and were not afraid to teach the kids how to properly handle the animals.  As you’ll see in the photos, it was very hands-on.

Green Meadows Petting Farm

Hugs hello!

Petting baby chicks

Sweet kisses

Petting baby chicks

Sweet kisses


Hugging ducks!

Contemplative on hay ride.

The cost of admission also covered a free pumpkin for everyone!

Pumpkin patch!

This has to be my favorite picture of the day.  After 2.5 hours in the Florida heat, I felt cranky, too!

Little angels.

So long!


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Not only are DIY Temporary Tattoos guaranteed to be a huge hit with the little ones, they can also add an extra layer of safety when venturing out in crowded places.   Today Silhouette School contributors Becky and Glenna from My Paper Craze are sharing a Silhouette Tattoo 101 tutorial from start to finish.

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If you're a pro with print-n-cut, this one will be second nature to you (but don't fret if you're not, your trusty Silhouette will get you through!).

To kick off this tutorial, let's check out the goods. We purchased Silhouette Temporary Tattoofrom Amazon and sure enough, it was delivered to the house two days later (thank you Amazon Prime!). The pack comes with two tattoo paper sheets (white) and two transfer sheets (green).
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Design your tattoo image in Silhouette Studio. Just to clarify, the swimming reference is a pun on the mermaid image, we certainly don't encourage children to swim alone, lol. My husband had to point this out for me.

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For the print-n-cut, you'll need to adjust your cut settings. 

Create an OFFSET of your design. 

Select the entire design and modify your CUT SETTINGS to NO CUT.  Then select just the offset and set back to CUT. Be sure to change the LINE COLOR to white or clear so that it doesn't show when you print.  Select the entire image again and GROUP together.

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Once you are completely satisfied, MIRROR YOUR IMAGE from the Replicate window. Don't forget this part or you will be seriously disappointed.

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Now we'll set the file up for printing. Check your DESIGN PAGE SETTINGS to ensure your page size is set to LETTER or current printer.

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Next, check your REGISTRATION MARKS and set the STYLE to TYPE 1 (CAMEO, Portrait). Obviously if you have a different model, select the appropriate setting.

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Fill your page with your desired design or designs, they don't have to all be the same. 

At this point, I always double check my CUT SETTINGS and review where my cut lines are in comparison to the printing and cutting margins. 

Remember to stay within the RED lines and the registration area. Since this is going through your printer, we recommend fully utilizing your available space because you cannot use the leftover scrap (unless your printer is set up to accept smaller sized paper).

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Once your document is prepared, move forward with printing. 

You'll want to modify your paper type to the GLOSSY PHOTO PAPER if available (or as Melissa has recommended with the clear sticker paper, select the paper type as 'transparency') and make sure the ink quality is set to HIGH.


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Load the Silhouette Temporary Tattoo into your printer to print on the GLOSSY side (the pattern side is the back).

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After printing, set aside for the ink to completely dry.

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After the ink is COMPLETELY dry, grab the clear transfer sheet (green backing). Notice that one edge has a pre-cut line. DO NOT ACTUALLY PEEL IT BACK JUST YET.

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Line up the green transfer backing to the FRONT of the printed temporary tattoo paper. 

Secure the top of the transfer sheet (ABOVE the pre-cut line) with your finger. If you need both hands, you can do this with paper friendly tape. Reaching between the two sheets, find the pre-cut line and slowly peel pack the green backing. As you peel, use your other hand to smooth the clear transfer sheet onto the printed tattoo images.

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Now you can proceed with the print-n-cut by securing the temporary tattoo paper (with transfer sheet adhered) to your cutting mat. Feed into your Silhouette and cut. 

Once cut, remove from the mat as usual.

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Now congratulations, you have a temporary tattoo just begging to be applied! Don't worry, we'll walk you through how to do that too, but it's the same as most temporary tattoos; nothing too complicated. 

When you get ready to apply your tattoo, grab a wet cloth or paper towel. 

Peel off the clear transfer sheet from the front of your tattoo.  You'll notice a sticky adhesive will be left behind - this is what makes the tattoo adhere to the skin.

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Line up the temporary tattoo paper at its desired location and press against the skin. Apply the damp cloth or paper towel and press evenly over the entire back of the tattoo for 10 to 15 seconds. Carefully remove the backing.

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And there we go, an amazing little personalized temporary tattoo for your little one (or yourself!). 

As you can see, I didn't measure the size of her arm, but at least no one will miss it when it takes up her whole upper arm. 

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Have you ever thought of getting a tattoo?  Just thought about it…once or twice?

Well, I’m going to show you a way to make easy tattoos with Silhouette Cameo that look realistic and fool your friends!  This way you can try on a tattoo without having to commit to the rest of your days with it!  

Yep, I’m talking temporary.  Heck, you could even make several temporary tattoos, and wear a different one whenever you feel like it.  How does that sound?

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Step 1:  Let’s Look At the Paper

Before we start preparing the tattoos, let’s go over what paper I’m using.  I’m using the Silhouette brand Temporary Tattoo Paper.  It is a bit expensive, but it definitely does the trick!  It’s also a bit confusing how to use it, but I will be explaining that in this tutorial.  

Please Note:  I will update this post with more suggestions for alternative tattoo paper once I find some and have tested it.

Step 2:  Opening the Tattoos

To get started we want both our tattoo images on the sheet of paper  (the tattoo paper).  So let’s go up to File, Merge and pick the first design, and that will load it on to the page.  

File Merge
Picking Gnome Design

Now we want the other tattoo image on the same page.  To do that, you just go to File, Merge again then pick the Canada Day image.  

File Merge
Pick Canada Day Design

Step 3:  Tracing  the Tattoos

Now we want  to size them down a bit.  So click on the Canada Day one and resize it down.  

Select Canada Day Design
Shrink Canada Day Design Down

Next we are going to trace the two designs because, as you can see, there’s a white background on both of the images.  We don’t really want that so let’s get rid of it.  

Go to the Trace Panel.  Select both images then just zoom in a little so we can see it a bit better.  

Select Trace Area
Select designs to trace
Zoom in on trace

Now we want to move the threshold just a bit.  We want to make sure the outsides of everything are all there, and not choppy.  

Extra leaf bits

But we don’t want to go so far that we get bits here, outside the leaf.  We’re getting a little bit, so we want to kind of find a happy medium.  

Enough threshold

It looks pretty good there.  So let’s go down to the Scale.  Scale kind of smooths things out a little bit.  But we don’t want to go too crazy.  We just want a nice, smooth cut out.  

Scale not smoothe
Scale smoothe
Enough threshold

Now we’re going to click Trace and Detach.  Trace and Detach is going to detach the design from that white background.  So let’s click that.  

Click trace and detach

When we click on the white background and move it, you can see…there’s the white background.  It’s not around your design anymore, so just delete that.  

White background off Gnome

And the same with the Canada design.  You can see all the white is removed, so click that and delete.  

White background off Canada Day

Step 4:  Add Cut Lines

Next we want to put a cut line around our images and when I do that, I like to leave some white space around it, like a white margin.  So what we’re going to do now is go to the Offset Panel.  Now we’re going to select both designs, then click Offset, and click Apply.  

Open offset panel
Click offset
Click apply after offset

If you look, there’s some little bits here.  You can either leave them or remove them.  I think I will remove them.  

Offset bits in Canada design

Just right-click, release compound path.   

Release compound path

Now we can remove all the little bits.  You see boxes around them?  You’ll want to click outside then click back on one of the bits…hit Delete.  Delete all of those bits because we really only need the outside to cut.  

Step 5:  Registration Marks

Before we get to Registration Marks, make sure your Media size is set to 8 ½ x 11.

Media size letter

Now that we have our cut lines, we want to get our Registration Marks.  So click on the Page Setup Panel, and click on Registration Marks.  

Page Setup Panel
Registration Marks Panel

Select On.  I always move the Thickness right up to “1” so that those lines for the Registration Marks really show up.  If the marks are thin, your Silhouette Cameo might sometimes have trouble seeing them.  

On and Thickness

Step 6:  Sizing To Fit

Now we want to make sure our designs are the size we want.  We need to also group them so we don’t lose the cut lines from each design.  We’ll select both from the first design, right-click, Group.  And do the same for the Canada Day design.  Select all, right-click and Group.  

Group Gnome
Group Canada Day

Now I figure I want the little gnome to be about two inches.  So let’s move him so the top of his hat is on this line.  

Gnome size to 2 inch

I’ll use the squares on my mat to measure.  We want to also do the same for the Canada Day design.  

Canada Day size to 2 inch

Both designs don’t have to be the exact size, close enough is good enough.  

Step 7:  Mirror Tattoo Designs

When you’re doing tattoos, you have to remember you are going to want to reverse your images.  So let’s select them, right-click, Flip Horizontally.  

Flip horizontally

Click outside of them, and move them back to where I had them before.  Make sure you have them placed so they don’t go over the cut border or into the hash lines.  

Position designs

Yeah, don’t make that mistake of not Mirroring them…I totally did!  Sheesh!  

Step 8:  Printing

IMPORTANT:  Before we go ahead and print, just make sure that you do an ENTIRE PAGE OF TATTOOS.  So fill up your page with the same designs, or different ones.  That way you don’t waste a whole sheet of Tattoo Paper.

Now we are going to print them out.  So let’s go up to Send To Printer, then click on Print.  

Send To Printer
Print Tattoos

The tattoo paper that I’m using requires an inkjet printer, so I select mine, and go into Preferences.  

Click print preferences

I’m selecting the rear paper feed slot for mine, and I’m going to go down here and change the Paper Type to Photo Paper Glossy.  That’s fine if it goes back to auto select, just change it back.  

Photo paper glossy

Make sure it’s on Color.  

Color print

Now you can click on OK, and Print.

Click print

Step 9:  Prepare Tattoo Paper For Cutting

PLEASE NOTE:  Please excuse the double printing of the 2 designs.  I accidentally didn’t mirror my first designs, so I had to print them again.  Yep, I make mistakes, too!  So that is why the green strip is already on my paper

Both designs printed again

After we have printed our Tattoos we need to place the clear Carrier Sheet (the one with the pale green paper on it) on top of our printed Tattoo paper.

Just pull the strip of pale green paper off first and place it at the top of your paper.

Take green strip off
Attach clear sheet to top of the page

Then slowly and carefully remove the rest of the pale green paper while smoothing the clear, sticky sheet onto the printed paper.  It’s a little tricky at first, but just go slowly.

Peel off carrier sheet

You can even use your Scraper Tool to make sure you have all the bubbles out.

Use scraper tool

Step 10:  Cutting Our Tattoo Designs

Place the Tattoo Paper/Clear Carrier Sheet onto your cutting mat.  Just make sure it’s on there really good so it doesn’t slide around.

Place tattoo on mat

To cut them, go to Send.  

Click Send

We will want to use Line to cut, so that way it’ll only cut the outside offset that we did.  So check off the Red Line box.

Click on line to cut

For the cut settings we will use Temporary Tattoo Paper, as the Material; Cut; and 3 or 4 for the Ratchet Blade. 

Tattoo cut settings

Then click Send.

Now we’ve cut our tattoos out.  As you can see, it cut just on the offset lines.

Now we’re going to take the Tattoo Paper off.  The best way to do that is peel your mat off of the Tattoo Paper.  That way your Tattoo Paper won’t warp or roll.

Peel mat off tattoo paper

Now we’re ready to punch out our Tattoos.  If you end up with a few torn bits of the paper, don’t worry.  Because when you put it on your wrist, or wherever you’re going to put these Tattoos on, we’re just transferring the ink.  We’re going to get rid of the paper anyway.

punching out tattoos
Tattoos are cut out

Now let’s put them on!

Step 11: Putting On Your New Tattoos!

To put the Tattoos on, we’re just going to peel back the clear carrier sheet.  This might be a little tricky at first, so it might take a few tries.  Just peel it right off the design.

Peel carrier sheet off design

Once you do that we place it where we want to put the Tattoo.  I’m going to put mine on my wrist. 

Place tattoo on skin

Just make sure it’s on there, and take a wet cloth, and press it on for about 20 to 30 seconds.

Place wet washcloth on tattoo

Once the time’s up, take the cloth off and carefully peel off the paper backing.

Peel off paper backing

There you go.  You’ve now made your first Tattoo!  Doesn’t it look great?

Canada Day tattoo complete


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