I thought we would have some fun this week with Valentines Day coming up this Saturday and create simple DIY Valentines Temporary Tattoos. I discovered you could make your own temporary tattoos a few years ago when I was planning one of my daughters birthday parties, I created temporary tattoos for all the kids to have on the day and it was a huge hit!
Besides the design for your temporary tattoos all you need to do is buy your Temporary Tattoo Paper, I bought mine from here, and found them to be of high quality. You can buy paper for both Ink Jet and Laser Printers, make sure you buy the right one for your printer.
You will need to create your design in Photoshop or simply import images into Microsoft Word. You can find images all over the place, a great source of clip art images for this purpose is Etsy. But, I have designed some for you and you can simply download it.
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE TATTOO DESIGNS HERE (image will be inverted)
Once you have your design you need to invert the image otherwise when you apply the tattoos to the skin all the writing will be backwards. In Photoshop you can simply select Image – Rotate Canvas – Flip Horizontal (this will invert your whole page). In Word you will have to flip each image individually, simply select your image – click rotate – click flip horizontal (repeat for each image).
Once your image is inverted you are ready to print. The tattoo paper has a shiny side, this is the side you want to print onto so make sure you place the paper in the printer the correct way so you are printing on the shiny side. I load only one sheet at a time into my printer and print them individually, just in case!? I recommend doing a test print on a plain piece of paper first just to make sure it all looks good and the colours are coming out correctly. Leave your ink to dry.
Once you have your printed images you need to apply the adhesive plastic sheet. Remove the adhesive sheet from its backing paper and carefully place it over your designs (shiny side), I recommend placing down one end and slowly smoothing down the page as you go, this helps to prevent air bubbles. I also used a hard roller to make sure it was adhered well.
Next you will need to cut out your tattoos, cut close to the design but taking care to not cut the design itself.
Your designs are now ready to apply to the skin. Remove the clear backing and apply the adhesive side to the skin, wet the paper back and leave for 30 seconds before slowly removing the paper backing.
I created this set for my daughter to take to school and give to all the girls in her class, I figured the boys wouldn’t want pink hearts! Rena is at that age when boys are still icky so I knew she wouldn’t want to give any hearts to the boys anyway!
I have also designed the following free printable for you, for Valentines Day! (without watermark)
I hope you have a great week, I will be back Wednesday for our next installment of the Art Fix series and Friday we will be talking photography!
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