Temporary Tattoo Stencils

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Posted on January 1, 2022 by Wendy Boulay
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I absolutely adore playing around with temporary tattoos! Not only are they a fun way to showcase a little of your crafty side, but they are a fantastic activity to get your kids involved with too!

Learn how to make your own stencil that can easily be used to make either marker or glitter tattoos – and you can keep the stencil for next time by saving the backing paper!

Temporary Tattoo Stencils

  • Supplies
  • Digital Products
  • Cricut Design Space
    • Stencil Design
      • Welding
      • Slicing
      • Contouring
  • Cutting & Weeding
  • Make Your Tattoo!
    • Apply the Stencil
    • Colors!

Supplies 

  • Stencil vinyl (or removable vinyl)
  • Digital products: Floral Mandala Pattern Stencil
  • Body markers and/or body glitter & body glue
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Weeding tools
  • Cricut cutting machine (or other) 

Digital Products

Because of the fact that a tattoo, be it permanent or temporary, is a form of art that is placed on the body, creatively they tend to be a uniquely personal choice. That’s why the digital product for this project is completely optional…meaning that you can use the suggested product or do a little search for something that might be more suited to your own style. 

If you do choose to make the same one that I did, you can head over to Creative Fabrica and grab Floral Mandala Pattern Stencil. If you would rather use an image of your own choosing, you can find a bunch of different designs by searching within the Images Library directly in Design Space.

The above-mentioned mandala product will work well to make a stencil, just keep in mind that if you are a beginner and want something a little different, you might want to avoid anything with too many tiny details. 

Cricut Design Space

Once you have downloaded the mandala stencil, extract the files and then open up Design Space.

Stencil Design

To begin, click on the upload button and insert the mandala design into your canvas. I like to make my size adjustments at this point, before ungrouping, to save time in adjusting multiple layers later on. First, decide on how big you want your tattoo to be by using the measuring tape or ruler, then adjust the size of the design accordingly. Take note that the larger your stencil is the more difficult it might be to get it to lay flat against your skin.

Next, ungroup the mandala from the background shape so that we can manipulate the design into a usable stencil.

ungrouping mandala

Welding

With the mandala now ungrouped from the rectangle shape, move only the shape to another area of the canvas.

separate layers

Now, select only the mandala by clicking and dragging the mouse over it, then click on Weld.

welding mandala

Welding will create a single, solid piece, eliminating the many separate cut layers that the design consisted of when you first uploaded it to your canvas. Skipping this step will make it much more difficult to create the stencil – or at least, add hours to an otherwise quick project!

Slicing

Now it’s time to create the stencil! Select both the rectangle shape that you moved aside earlier, as well as the mandala design, then Align>Center. With both still selected, slice!

slicing the mandala

Contouring

If you like all of the details of the stencil as is, you can skip to the cutting and weeding section of this tutorial, or, alternatively, you can modify the design even further by making use of the Contour tool!

This tool might come in handy if you prefer to reduce some of the cutting sections after the slice. Maybe you don’t want to include the small dot in the center, or maybe you would like to completely eliminate one of the rounds altogether – if so, then enter contouring!

To do this, select the sliced stencil and click on the contour tool on the bottom right of the canvas (desktop version). In the pop-up window that appears, choose the segments that you want to avoid cutting. 

contouring the mandala

When you’re happy with the final result, click on the X to close the window. Feel free to make additional size adjustments if necessary, and voila! Your stencil is now ready to cut!

Cutting & Weeding

Click on that ever exciting Make It button, grab your mat and stencil vinyl, and send it to cut!

  • 🧐 Material Settings: Choosing the correct material settings is paramount to a flawless cut. I often use the Washi Sheet material setting when cutting small details and texts. You might want to consider this material setting depending on how small you are making your tattoo stencil. If, however, the stencil is larger, then choosing the “Stencil Vinyl” setting should be just fine.

When the cutting process has been completed, weed as per usual, but remember that, you are creating a stencil, so you want to keep the negative only.

weeding the stencil

Make Your Tattoo!

Apply the Stencil

With your stencil cut and weeded, all that’s left to do is stick it on the area of your skin that you want to tattoo!

  • 🔔 Sensitivity Warning: As this is stencil vinyl, leaving it in too long in one area could cause some skin irritation. Because of this, I highly recommend only using the stencil in areas that are less likely to react, such as around your hands or feet. You might also want to avoid placing it on any hair, as removal of the stencil might be uncomfortable. (ouch! 🤕)

stencil on arm

Ensure that the stencil is as flat as can be against your skin so that there is little chance of bleed-through from the markers (or body glue if you are making glitter tattoos).

Color!

Now that your stencil has been applied to your skin, it’s coloring time!

Choose any colors you like to create the tattoo, as long as the markers and/or glitters are skin/body safe. I personally love the “Bic Body Mark” tattoo markers – the colors are vibrant, water-resistant, and long-lasting! Perfect!

coloring the stencil

Have some fun and use multiple colors to create a pattern, or keep it simple with a single color – the choice is yours! 

stencil colored mandala

When you are finished with the coloring, give it a few minutes to slightly dry, then slowly peel off the stencil and replace it on the backing paper for next time! It can be reused one or two times, but throw it away in the garbage after that for sanitary purposes.

Voila! Proudly show off your new tattoo…don’t worry if your first one is a little messy (like mine!) with practice you’ll soon be a master! 

Keep on Crafting! 💖

cricut stencil for tattoo


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