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 temporary tattoo paper.
Nikki, In Stitches
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!
Thank you Nikki and thank you for the craft academy!
Can’t wait to win 😉
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!
Cheryl Rathkamp says
Great Give a Way! Thanks for the chance to win!
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. 😉
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!
Gail P says
Wear! Geez, if I didn’t sound crazy already in the last post!
Sue byers says
Be fun to win. Can’t wait to b told I won. Lol
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!!!
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!
Amy C. says
My son loves it when I pull out my stamps and ink! He can’t resist!
Anne Haun says
Anything with colored paper, scissors and glue.
Lana Frazier says
Thanks for the opportunity to win a Silhouette Portrait.
Awesome giveaway and tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win =)
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!
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!
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.
Linda Harris says
Love to play with my Cricut with the grands right now, Maybe try the Cameo one day
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.
Sharyn Moy says
Would love to win this awesome machine. Thank you.
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.
Donna D says
Supposed to say craft.
Michelle Smith says
Excited for another opportunity to win a Silhouette Portrait!!!
suezzette hermes says
These are awesome! Now I need to try it!
Deb Palmer says
No kiddies here, hoping when the grand children are born they will be into crafting with grammie!!
My grand daughter is totally into the rainbow loom bracelets right now. We’re having a lot of fun with them!
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.
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
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
My boys love to cook and bake with me.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
|Annette McHugh says
Thank you hunny My grandaughter Loves Temp tattoo’s!! Now we know How Bet this Sat is awsome tattooo day!!
Cathy C says
I’d like to make stencils for monoprinting
Dora Levron says
I would not have to go to my moms. LOL I could do a lot of cool stuff for Roller Derby.
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.
Cheryl@ Sew Can Do says
My kids like to help with fabric projects.
I love your website.
I love coloring with my daughter.
Rachelle Anderson says
My kids love to paint with me
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:
Rebecca B says
My munchkins have been loving the watercolors.
Kellie Epperly says
We usually use the silhouette for school projects, but I think the temporary tattoos my be a hit also!
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!
Kathy R says
They love to make playdough
I don’t have children yet, but in the future I hope they would like to make things out of clay with me!
Tiffany Dustin says
I have a 3 year old and we love making holiday decorations and seasonal decorations throughout the year 🙂
My toddler loves coloring right now. Give him a crayon and he is one happy kid!
my daughter and I enjoy making cards together thanks for the giveaway
Deb VanRooyen says
Have never used one but so anxious to get started when I win this !!!
kiuyana pruden says
Loved these little tattoos for my little ladies! Thanks!
Torrie Shaw says
I really NEED one of these! 🙂
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).
Need to make these. Thanks so much for the inspiration
I cannot wait to try and make these tattoos – I can never find the “theme” I want. Perfect!
I’m a newbie. Great tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win a new Portrait.
I will use it to start my own business of cute and crafty stuff!
My kids love to help me make personalized birthday cards for family!
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!
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.
Michelle J. says
We love to make cookies!
Jessica Wyatt says
He’s only 23 months so he doesn’t really know how to help me yet, but he sure does try!
Mindy C. says
She likes to help me with a lot of things, but as crafts go, birthday cards and Valentines.
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.
My son loves to craft! Our spring break project was an Olaf costume for an upcoming performance.
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.)
Amanda Sakovitz says
I love to make colored dough with my niece!
Thomas Murphy says
My kids like to make scrap books.