For Ava's upcoming reptile themed birthday party I wanted to create something a little different to include in the party bags for the guests. I had bought a pack of printable tattoo paper a little while back but had never gotten around to making tattoos for the girls. A birthday party seemed like just the right excuse to make up some fun tattoos and the little party animals from Ava's invitation (which you can see here) perfectly fit the bill for the designs.
The tattoo paper that I used is made by Silhouette and designed to use with their software and fancy electronic cutting machines. As I don't own a Silhouette cutting machine I stuck to good old photoshop and an Xacto knife. A little more time consuming but easy peasy!
|Printing the tattoos|
The paper is really simple to use. Just create your page of tattoos on your computer, reverse it, print it with an inkjet printer, apply the sticky clear cover sheet, smooth it down (I used a credit card to do this) and cut out the individual tattoos. I made about eighty or so tattoos so it did take a little while to cut them all out but I didn't mind. I actually find it quite relaxing and a little therapeutic working on simple projects like this. Plus it's rewarding when they turn out so well.
I made up enough tattoos to include a few in each party bag plus enough for Ava to hand out to her classmates at school on Monday, which is her actual birthday. I packaged pairs of tattoos in little glassine envelopes which I sealed down with stickers featuring our party animals. More printing and cutting!
|Late night production line|
|Tattoos, packs and stickers|
After I packaged up enough tattoos for Ava's party and her class I had a few left overs for the girls to try out today. They were pretty excited to wear their very own special, homemade tattoos.
|A lizard tattoo first up for Ava|
The tattoos go on just like every other temporary tattoo. Just peel off the clear cover sheet, place the tattoo in the desired location and firmly hold a wet cloth over it for 10 seconds or so.
|Applying Ava's first tattoo|
|Revealing Lola's tortoise tattoo|
|A little closer up|
|What could be going on Ava's ankle?|
|It's a baby croc!|
I can't wait to share our party animal tattoos with Ava's class on Monday and with her party guests next weekend. I think the kids are going to love them!
More party animal projects for Ava's birthday party coming soon...