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Temporary Tattoos

Extract from Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share • By Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, and Katie Hatz • Published by Quirk Books


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10 mins

Microcrafts by Margaret McGuire
Only the most careful observers will notice a pony-shaped beauty mark on your face or a raccoon crawling across your foot! But your mom has eyes like a hawk. With these temporary tats, you won’t risk being disowned. Getting inked is easy—and painless!—when special decal paper is put to the task

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  • Step 1

    Print your images using an inkjet printer and plain paper as a test run. When you’re satisfied with how they look, print the images on the glossy side of the decal paper. Print 1 sheet at a time to avoid jams.

  • Step 2

    Allow the ink to dry fully, about a few minutes. Remove the clear side of the adhesive sheet and apply it to the printed decal paper. Cut around each tattoo design.

  • Step 3

    Ink yourself! Choose a spot for your tiny tattoo. Remove the adhesive backing from the decal paper and apply it to your skin, pressing firmly for about 20 seconds. Use a sponge or cloth to wet the paper for 60 seconds and then peel away the paper to reveal the design.

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