Homemade Temporary Tattoos For Your Little Ones {And A Silhouette Portrait™ Giveaway!}

These little “100th Day Of School” tattoos were a big hit when I posted them on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago, so when Silhouette said their specialty media products were being featured this month, I was so excited to share a few tricks for making them. They really are simple, and a HUGE hit with the kiddos!

Below you’ll find my tips for using Silhouette’s temporary tattoo paper, PLUS details on the specialty media sale. (As always, if you don’t have a machine, you can find one bundled with lots of goodies below! And if you do have a machine, you can just stock up on your favorite goodies! If you just can’t wait to start shopping, click here, and use promo code STITCHES to get your 30% off discount!)

AND I’m giving away a Silhouette Portrait! YAY!!

Scroll down for all the details!


Nikki, In Stitches

1. Tattoo Tips and Tricks

The temporary tattoo paper comes with really good instructions, but there are still a few insider tips I can share. This is technically a print & cut project, so I’m sharing a few tricks for that, too!

1. Don’t forget to mirror your image! I like to create my tattoo completely, group it together, and then mirror the entire thing. From there, replicate it as much as you need to in order to fill the page!

2. Get creative with the designs you use! I found the apple for these tattoos here in the Silhouette shop. It comes with a few other “school” themed designs that I may or may not use, but the apple was so perfect, that’s ok! And that’s a big tip I give people when they ask how I select what designs to buy from the Silhouette store. I don’t just look at the entire thing. I look at the individual pieces, too! For example at the holidays, I picked up a few pretty intricate designs, just because I liked the snowflake that was part of it. Once you get comfortable inside the Silhouette software, it gets much easier to take bits and pieces of multiple designs and put them together to create a project of your own!

3. Adjust your registration mark settings! As with ALL print & cut projects, I always make the same adjustments to my page set up. In the “Registration Marks” window, I always increase my margins to 1″ all the way around. And I always increase the registration mark size and thickness to their max. It just makes it so much easier for your machine to detect them! The picture below highlights those changes for you!

4. Turn all the lights on in your craft room! I know this may sound silly, but it really does help your machine find those registration marks!

5. Check and double check your cut lines! As you create your tattoo (or any print & cut design!) almost everything comes with cut lines, and you ONLY want to cut the perimeter of your tattoo. Before you click cut, BE SURE to select all of the “inside” if your tattoo and select “No Cut” from the “Cut Style” window. The only thing that should be cut is the very perimeter of your tattoo! Again, I have a picture below that will help you see exactly what I mean!

2. Sale Details!

  • All specialty media products are 30% off! That includes your favorites like double-sided adhesive, magnet paper, printable foil, and printable sticker paper…just to name a few! Hurry! This sale is while supplies last! Click here to start shopping and use promo code STITCHES to get your discount!
  • The CAMEO bundle:

1 Silhouette CAMEO® plus the following print & cut related items:

  • 1 package of temporary tattoo paper
  •  1 package of printable adhesive kraft paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive gold foil
  • 1 package of printable adhesive silver foil
  • 1 package of printable white sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable clear sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive cotton canvas for $269.99 (MSRP $357.92)
  • The Portrait bundle:

1 Silhouette Portrait™ plus the following print & cut related items:

  • 1 package of temporary tattoo paper
  •  1 package of printable adhesive kraft paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive gold foil
  • 1 package of printable adhesive silver foil
  • 1 package of printable white sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable clear sticker paper
  • 1 package of printable adhesive cotton canvas for $129.99 ($237.92 MSRP)
If you’re interested in one of the bundles, click here to head over to the Silhouette site and get shopping!

And be sure to use promo code STITCHES to get your discount!

(This offer is only good from 3/20/14 to 3/31/14!)

PS…Did you notice all the goodies that come bundled with the machines? I’m so excited for those of you just jumping into crafting with a CAMEO or Portrait!

PPS…If you’d like a peek at some of these products in action, Silhouette has a cute little video demonstrating each of them here!


As always, I’m keeping things simple! There’s a Rafflecopter entry form below with a few different ways to enter. You can enter as many ways as you’d like! (If you’re reading this in your email inbox and can’t see the Rafflecopter entry form, click here to be taken right to the Nikki, In Stitches site!)

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77 Responses to Homemade Temporary Tattoos For Your Little Ones {And A Silhouette Portrait™ Giveaway!}

  1. Karen says:

    Thank you Nikki and thank you for the craft academy!

  2. Stacey says:

    Can’t wait to win 😉

  3. Vanessa B says:

    Right now DGS and love to play with Crayola Airbrushes…for Christmas we got 2, one for him and one for me 🙂 Thank You for the chance to win!

  4. Cheryl Rathkamp says:

    Great Give a Way! Thanks for the chance to win!

  5. Ashley r says:

    My kids love to do anything with paper while I’m crafting. They’ll make magazine colleges of their favorite desserts, paper airplanes or paper bag puppets, they love getting my stamps out, etc. they also love when I “teach” them how to crochet so they can play with yarn next to me. 😉

  6. Gail P says:

    Very cute! Where were you when I worked in a school library for 18 years? I could always where it on my forehead while shopping. Nice of you to share!

  7. Jen says:

    Awesome work!

  8. Sue byers says:

    Be fun to win. Can’t wait to b told I won. Lol

  9. Jan Harrison says:

    I have 4 daughters, ages 2-13, so it’s a little chaotic when we craft to say the least lol…
    I’d have to say our FAVORITE is making felt ornaments for our family, friends & teachers as gifts!!! ♥ lots of memories there!!!

  10. Megan K says:

    My girls are art lovers, always have Crayons, paints, or markers in their hands. They love making pictures and jewelry for friends and family. Making temporary tattoos will be right up their alley!

  11. Amy C. says:

    My son loves it when I pull out my stamps and ink! He can’t resist!

  12. Anne Haun says:

    Anything with colored paper, scissors and glue.

  13. Lana Frazier says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a Silhouette Portrait.

  14. Kaila says:

    Awesome giveaway and tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win =)

  15. Sharon says:

    Love giveaways!

  16. Laura says:

    My girls are grown now, but we love to do it all… home décor, sewing, knitting, crocheting, weaving, painting, drawing, sculpting, macramé, beading, wire art, paper crafts. I have my first grandson and I can’t wait to craft with him!

  17. Monica Gardea says:

    Thanks Nikki, for the chance to win. I’ve been doing a lot of projects for Spring and for the end-of-school gifts for teachers and moms and this would help a lot! Thanks!

  18. Becky Gant Jenkins says:

    My Grand daughters both love to craft with me…as long as it’s short and simple. They are 7 and 9 years old. We enjoy working with clay, paper crafts, making beaded jewelry.

  19. Linda Harris says:

    Love to play with my Cricut with the grands right now, Maybe try the Cameo one day

  20. tammigirl says:

    My kids aren’t real little any more. They do love to create, though. They might like to make something for their bedroom doors and signs for decor.

  21. Sharyn Moy says:

    Would love to win this awesome machine. Thank you.

  22. Donna D says:

    My granddaughter loves to crag with me. We recently made all the valentines for her class at school and more for St. Patrick’s day. My children at church and I do crafts every week and the portrait would be wonderful. Really would love to win.

  23. Donna D says:

    Supposed to say craft.

  24. Excited for another opportunity to win a Silhouette Portrait!!!

  25. suezzette hermes says:

    These are awesome! Now I need to try it!

  26. Deb Palmer says:

    No kiddies here, hoping when the grand children are born they will be into crafting with grammie!!

  27. Jeanine says:

    My grand daughter is totally into the rainbow loom bracelets right now. We’re having a lot of fun with them!

  28. Tami B says:

    My little ones are all grown up so now I’m patiently waiting for a granddaughter to come along and make stuff w Grammie.

  29. robin says:

    I so want to win this have tried so many times there is so much you can do I have watch so many videos and I don’t even own one but love what you can create and I love creating new things from cards to my scrapbook this machine is just AMAZING

  30. robin says:

    I have a granddaughter she is only 4 we do crafts like suncatchers and other thing she watches and ask questions but not really into scrapbooking yet but very very soon she will be doing it with meme

  31. Carrie says:

    My boys love to cook and bake with me.

  32. Shanna Uptergrove says:

    They love creating crafts for each holiday- and also work in the kitchen with me too! Having 4 kids is so much fun!

  33. Jessica P. says:

    I have twins. They are still too little to “make” things. They are starting to be interested in helping mommy. I would love win this and make fun things for them.

  34. Anny Chappell says:

    My kiddos are grown, but my daughters and I still love to create together! Right now we are in a stenciling mood and are painting everything in sight!

  35. Diann S says:

    I run a family daycare, my daycare children LOVE tattoo’s, this machine would be a well loved item for the children to make more learning material and crafts for gifts.

  36. I have a Cricut, but this machine is much superior, and I would love to win. I can’t afford to buy one, so I keep entering to win one. I hope to win one some day!

  37. Birdiebee says:

    My children are raised but I have my grandkids on the weekends. We do many paper crafts, rainbow loom crafts and whatever else we have available. These tattoos would be so much fun!

  38. Dana says:

    The tattoo’s look awesome! I’m sure the kids were as delighted to get them as you were to make them. Thank you for a great giveaway! Good luck everyone!

  39. |Annette McHugh says:

    Thank you hunny My grandaughter Loves Temp tattoo’s!! Now we know How Bet this Sat is awsome tattooo day!!

  40. Cathy C says:

    I’d like to make stencils for monoprinting

  41. Dora Levron says:

    I would not have to go to my moms. LOL I could do a lot of cool stuff for Roller Derby.

  42. Kristina Childers says:

    No kids of my own yet, but I’m a teacher. So, I’d love to be able to use it for projects with my students.

  43. My kids like to help with fabric projects.

  44. Jewel says:

    I love your website.

  45. Amanda says:

    I love coloring with my daughter.

  46. Rachelle Anderson says:

    My kids love to paint with me

  47. Gale says:

    I’m an artist, and one of my biggest thrills is when my kiddo started copying my style. Of course, I know he’ll have his own style by imitation IS the best form of flattery. Check out what he did here:


  48. Rebecca B says:

    My munchkins have been loving the watercolors.

  49. Kellie Epperly says:

    We usually use the silhouette for school projects, but I think the temporary tattoos my be a hit also!

  50. Emily says:

    I love these little tattoos! What a cute idea. My little girl loves everything to do with art and crafting, but her favorite has to be painting. In fact, she’s washing out her brushes as I’m typing. Her favorite craft to do with me is probably making play dough. She gets to measure, pour, mix AND create when it’s done.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  51. Kathy R says:

    They love to make playdough

  52. Kate says:

    I don’t have children yet, but in the future I hope they would like to make things out of clay with me!

  53. Tiffany Dustin says:

    I have a 3 year old and we love making holiday decorations and seasonal decorations throughout the year 🙂

  54. Analisa says:

    My toddler loves coloring right now. Give him a crayon and he is one happy kid!

  55. Julie says:

    my daughter and I enjoy making cards together thanks for the giveaway

  56. Deb VanRooyen says:

    Have never used one but so anxious to get started when I win this !!!

  57. kiuyana pruden says:

    Loved these little tattoos for my little ladies! Thanks!

  58. Torrie Shaw says:

    I really NEED one of these! 🙂

  59. Elena T says:

    My daughter and I are going to make felted soaps this week while she is home for spring break. My gang is older, so our creative time is often cooking (making pickles, bbq etc).

  60. Tracy says:

    Need to make these. Thanks so much for the inspiration

  61. Beverly says:

    I cannot wait to try and make these tattoos – I can never find the “theme” I want. Perfect!

  62. Talita says:

    I’m a newbie. Great tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win a new Portrait.

  63. Amanda says:

    I will use it to start my own business of cute and crafty stuff!

  64. Jess says:

    My kids love to help me make personalized birthday cards for family!

  65. amanda c says:

    Thank you for the exciting opportunity to have one of these! My daughter is 3, and whenever I’m doing my crafts, I always make sure that I have something similar for her to do. If I’m working on canvas, she has a box to paint on!

  66. Carol Douglass says:

    I don’t have any kids left at home, but this Grandma has sure come in handy to help out with school projects with all of her scrap supplies and tools.

  67. Teresa says:

    Love these!!!

  68. mona says:

    Christmas ornaments

  69. Michelle J. says:

    We love to make cookies!

  70. Jessica Wyatt says:

    He’s only 23 months so he doesn’t really know how to help me yet, but he sure does try!

  71. Mindy C. says:

    She likes to help me with a lot of things, but as crafts go, birthday cards and Valentines.

  72. Michele says:

    When my kids were little, I’d read aloud to them while they created with paper and crayons and colored pencils. Many times we’d create books with their illustrations.

  73. tiffani says:

    My son loves to craft! Our spring break project was an Olaf costume for an upcoming performance.

  74. Angela Cash says:

    I am an artist and have a room full of supplies at home. My nephews love to visit so that they can plunder the art studio. Their favorite activity is painting on large sheets of butcher paper (and painting on each other.)

  75. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I love to make colored dough with my niece!

  76. Thomas Murphy says:

    My kids like to make scrap books.

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