Print Your Own Tattoos

This is just a little review of something that I bought for no reason other than the little kid in me wanted it. I don’t have any real tattoos because I have commitment issues, but I’ve always wanted one. I still remember my first temporary tattoo. It was a pterodactyl that came out of a box of frozen corn dogs. So I was really excited to find out that you can print your own! This is Silhouette’s printable tattoo paper.

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It’s obviously made for a silhouette, but it prints with just a regular inkjet printer and the only difference is that you have to cut it out yourself. You can buy this stuff for about $10 on amazon or $7 on a sweet sale at JoAnn (or whatever other craft store you have near you) which is where I got mine. It comes with two 8.5×11 sheets.

First you have to create your image (or find one to print). I like to draw my own in Photoshop because that’s just the way I roll. Just make sure to mirror your images!

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Print it on your inkjet printer, press on the clear plastic, then cut out around the tattoo. When you’re ready to apply, peel off the clear plastic.

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Then press the tattoo on your skin (printed side down) and cover with a wet cloth.

 

When the paper is saturated, peel off the paper. And Voila! You made your own tattoo.

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This is the biggest tattoo I’ve ever done and in my experience, smaller tattoos last longer. Depending on the  size, it will probably last 2-5 days.

Stamp Carving

My boyfriend and I have been really into letter boxing recently and I have become obsessed with the hand carved stamps, both finding ones other people have carved, or carving my own. Hopefully I have a few tips here that are helpful and not on every other blog post about stamp carving.

The most important thing about carving stamps is getting the right materials. I prefer the Speedball brand slab of pink rubber which you can buy at most major craft stores as well as on Amazon. The blue rubber is a little bit harder to carve and I’ve heard that it doesn’t last as long (drying out, flaking, and crumbling). I tried both kinds and though my stamps made from the blue rubber have not crumbled in over a year, I still prefer the pink simply because it is easier to work with.

Getting the image onto the rubber is the hard part. You can hand draw it directly on the rubber, but that doesnt leave much room for mistakes. There is an easier way that requires no special tools.

Start by drawing (or printing) the picture you want on the stamp on a regular piece of paper.

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Then flip the paper over and draw with the flat side of a pencil on the back of your picture.

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Then turn it back over and place the paper on your rubber. Trace the image lightly with your pencil.

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And this is what you are left with.

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Clean up the edges by going over it again lightly with your pencil. Be sure not to sharpen your pencil too much or press too hard because you don’t want to pierce the rubber.

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And voilà! It is ready for carving.

 

The Art of Thank You Cards

I remember a conversation from years ago between my father and his grandfather. My dad asked him what is the saddest change in society he’s seen in his lifetime. His reply: People just don’t say thank you anymore. I really took this to heart. I don’t ever want someone to think I was not grateful for something they did for me of gave to me. For my birthday a few days ago, The Boy’s parents sent me a package with little card, some candy, and a pair of earmuffs. Not a big gift by any means, but it meant the world to me. And I wanted to let her know.

I’ve been slacking on my thank you cards recently, so as I prepared one for The Boy’s parents, I made several more to keep on hand. I’ve learned over the years, that that is the secret. Always have a few cards and stamps handy because you aren’t very likely to make it to the store/post office like you promise yourself. Plus its better to write it when you feel it. It’s hard enough to find the perfect words for inside a card without waiting until all the feelings are gone and whatever that thing was that you were grateful for is a distant memory (that isn’t saying you shouldn’t write it anyway, it’s just harder).

So here’s my stack of 12. It should last me a while and hopefully when I run out, I’ll have the time to make some more by hand.

Fabric Covered Magnets Out of Scraps and Bottle Caps

You will need: Bottle caps; Fabric and batting scraps; Magnets; A hot glue gun, A pair of pliers

I like to bend the edges of the bottle cap so that they stick straight out from the base of the cap. This allows more room for the magnet to fit in the back.

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Next lay one of the bottle caps on the fabric so you know about how big you need to cut it. Lightly draw around it with a pencil.

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Cut along the pencil line. Then do the same with a piece of batting, making it about 1/4 of an inch smaller than the fabric piece. Depending on how thick it is, you might want to fold it over and cut two layers.

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Lay your batting on the fabric and set the bottle cap on top of that.

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Using the hot glue, put a dap of glue on the inside of the bottle cap and fold the fabric over, gluing it in place. You might want to do each of the corners first instead of working your way around the edge of the cap. This way your batting wont slip out of place while you’re gluing.

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Now just glue in the magnet.

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All done!

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Origami Paper Lanterns

You will need: A string of Christmas lights; Origami or scrapbook paper

For this project I chose a pad of 8×8 scrapbook paper. Scrapbook paper gives you more exciting options as far as designs go. Plus they’re already color coordinated so you know all your lanterns will compliment each other. You can really use any kind of paper, just as long as you cut it so it is square before you start.

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How to fold the lanterns:

Attaching the lanterns: With a pair of scissors, cut the opening so the light bulb can fit inside, but the paper still holds it in place.

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Then simply slip the bulb into the opening.

Repeat this process for every light bulb. Now just hang your lanterns and wait for dark.

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