Embellish with Temporary Tattoos
Hi, everyone. Today I'm sharing with you a different technique that you might not know that you know: embellishing our papers with temporary tattoos. These are ordinary tatoos you can find dollar store. When my sisters and I were small kids we used to love to put these tattoos on our arms. When I saw these again recently in the dollar store I couldn't walk by them. They called out to me.
You can find temporary tattoos just about anywhere you already go. They are in the old style bubblegum machines in front of grocery stores, dollar stores, the kiddy aisle in Target or Wal-mart. This technique is really simple and easy to do, the hardest thing is going to be picking a tattoo you like.
Let's get started. I'm going to use my We Are Memory Keepers 1-2-3 Punch Board to make my box. The instructions for the box are right on the board and all you have to do is cut your paper to the measurements specified for the box size you want to make. For this tutorial, I made the 1-3/4" wide by 1-3/4" length by 3-1/4" height box. Follow the boards instructions but don't fold it up yet. We need to add the tattoo first.
Cut out the tattoo you like. Depending on the brand of tattoo you use you may have to fussy cut the shape because some brands will have a white film around the image that you won't like. Remove the clear film and put the tattoo face down on your paper. In the picture, I have placed a black "X" where you can place your tattoo. Using a damp cloth, dampen the back of the tattoo. You don't want to put down too much water because you don't want to mess up your paper. You just want to wet the tattoo enough to transfer it. You can see in my picture that I wet a dish towel, wrung out most of the water and daubed the paper. In the past I've applied these to my arm and the backing paper slides so you know the tattoo is done. It works the same way with the paper. Just daub the backing with water for about 30 seconds.
Peel the tattoo backing paper slowly just on case it didn't transfer all the way or if the design is stuck in one area. If it is stuck or didn't transfer, carefully lay it back down and apply a little more water. Once you lift it all the way you will have a lovely new look for your project.
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