Introduction: Print Anything on Your Skin: Tattoo/party Stamp

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Here is a quick and cheap way to print anything on your skin. This can be used if you ever need to make or fake a tattoo or a party stamp.

Step 1: What You Need

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Items needed :
1. A piece of paper
2. Tape
3. An inkjet printer

Step 2: Cover With Tape

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Cover the area you want to print on with tape.

Step 3: Print

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Print the text or image on the taped side of the paper using your inkjet printer. Don't forget to flip any text horizontally before so that it's still readable.

As the ink does not stick to the tape, you will be able to transfer it to any surface it comes in contact with.

Step 4: Transfer

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Place your skin on the paper (or the other way around) and press gently.

Do it once without shaking

Step 5: Results

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For better results keep the images small with high contrast and not too many details.

Depending on the print quality (the better quality the more ink you get) you will be able to reuse a transfer two to three times.

 - Try it on something else than your skin : use it as an instant rubber stamp...
 - Make a portable version: once the tape is printed you can cut around and use it anywhere
 - Clean & Repeat : using a tissue or a piece of cloth, clean the taped area and reuse it over and over again...
 - Draw directly on the tape using a non permanent marker pen

Have fun!


JustinD149 (author)2017-06-19

How can you make it so that it is transportable without the fear of smudging? I want to do this and take it to an event and give it to kids, but its a 5 hr drive to the event and I don't want it smudging or smearing or getting all over the car, so how can I prevent that?

ElizabethT60 (author)2016-07-25

How long does this last? I need to have two sets of eyes for a cosplay I'm working on, but I would have to put it on my face and I don't want to walk around with two sets of eyes for longer than the convention day I wear the cosplay. Is there a quick way to get it off (like the normal press on tattoos you can use rubbing alcohol or olive oil to get it off)

Inkjet printer ink can be easily cleaned with soap and water.

GloriaC44 (author)2016-06-11

do I have to use a inkjet?

Yes, this only works with inkjet printers.

Sir_Sasquatch (author)2014-10-16

I'm going to try this, but with parchment paper instead. Also, by rights a transparency sheet (think overhead projector) should work as well. I don't have any of those on hand so I won't be able to test that theory.

boyshanks (author)Sir_Sasquatch2016-04-29

transparency film did work. I used it and it worked quite well.

LizzieXoxo (author)2016-04-23

does the ink have to be wet?

boyshanks (author)LizzieXoxo2016-04-29

No, it does not need to be wet.

EurekaMedes (author)2016-04-20


KatzR4mejulia (author)2015-04-01

Does this work with a LaserJet printer?

No, it only works with inkjet printers :(

;-; No wonder when i tried it didn't work. If I bought tattoo paper would it work? (The kind where you put in a printer and it comes out as a tattoo)

I don't know about tattoo paper. Regular paper covered with tape works well with inkjet printers. My guess is that it won't be possible at all with a laser printer :(

JonL25 (author)Nicolas Chourrout2015-11-03

try parchment paper... Works great

JonL25 (author)2015-11-03

i used parchment paper and wax paper both worked but the parchment paper is best in my opinion.

zack195610 (author)2015-06-16

If you spray it with hair spray, it will last longer.

john henry (author)2013-02-28

good idea but.. i tried it with packaging tape i got a horrible result first time (probably my fault)
second time it was much better but still smudged quite a bit it looked like i had a bloody bite mark rather than Madara Uchiha's sharingan eye.(from the Naruto anime)
not sure if i will try it again though...

thats what you get for following madara........follow itachi and you`ll never have the same problem....=_=

marmar2223 (author)2014-10-15

Dude, this is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

olivian1 made it! (author)2014-10-14

I Love This! it was so easy! It just takes a little bit of practice. Also, if you want it to stay on longer, put baby powder and then hair spray, which will make it last for about a month.

olivian1 made it! (author)2014-10-14

I Love This! Its easy and it works but it definatly takes a little bit of practice.

snuffy146 (author)2014-08-21

Does it work with a laser printer, too?

No, sorry. It only works with an inkjet printer as the toner from a laser pointer sticks to plastic.

Aw :( I only have a laser printer but seems like a really cool idea! If you know of anything I could do to transfer images with a laser printer it would be nice to know :)

takn37 (author)2014-02-03

Awsome!!! but the first time i printed out i forgot to flip it vertically...


pcanywii (author)2013-06-17

i already knew how odo it. you need a lllooooootttt of tape though.

aszappanos (author)2013-02-24

Awesome idea, thank you! Can't wait to try :-)

robinlynndavis (author)2013-02-23
kids? pshaw! I love it for myself! Thanks for the tutorial!
Sequimania (author)2013-02-23

And for the next family reunion. . . neck tattoos! :-)

foxworrior (author)Sequimania2013-02-23


foxworrior (author)2013-02-23

Very cool, i am going to do it soon!

GASHLYCRUMBTINY (author)2013-02-22

Ooooooo spiffy! that is gr8!! Imma try this at work w/my kids!! Wonder if that clear bandage spray will help it last longer?

Good idea!
Clear bandage spray, hairspray... If it can protect the stamp from the outside world then it can definitely make it last longer

gloflyer (author)2013-02-21

A couple of questions. Have you tried this with clear packing tape, instead of scotch tape?
How long after you print it is it useable? Does it still work after it dried?

I wonder if this would work with acetate sheets for an overhead projector. (I use them with a laser printer to put designs onto metal.)

It is such an intriguing idea.

I haven't tried with clear packing tape but I guess the result will be similar (except for the fact that you can apply less stripes to cover the same area as the tape is wider).

Once I used it 2 hours after printing and I got the same result. As the ink contains mostly water and solvent, I wouldn't let it dry for too long though.

I'm curious about the acetate sheets, tell me how it turns out.

I8mAll (author)2013-02-22

I was a chemical analyst. Don't worry about chemicals.
1st it's a tiny amount anyway but more important:
The solvent in ink is the same as alcohol based antiseptic wipes.
The dyes need to be long lived, to do so makers chose long chain molecules that have very low reactivity.
They will not make it through the cuticle (out hard layer of skin).
Mostly - do take small risks or you'll miss all the fun. My family motto is -
Tantum Te Paenitebit Infectorum; which means
You will only regret what you didn't do.

starmoon (author)2013-02-22

Are there not chemicals in the inkt that is dangerous? I know for sure this will get in your blood through your skin.

milesfromneihu (author)2013-02-21

Cool! Thanks.

natis413 (author)2013-02-21

i was thinking something like this thank you

denswei (author)2013-02-21

I think it would look best to take a marker and ink it darker--especially after it starts to fade. (Perhaps use the transfer image as a guide, instead of trying something freehand)

Using it as a guide can be a good idea, especially (as suggested by a friend) if you want to make a Henna or Mehndi tattoo.

edo4 (author)2013-02-21

You could probably get the same results printing directly onto a smooth surface like a sheet of contact paper still on its backing or a piece of plastic the size and shape of paper.

jray2 (author)2013-02-21

Gonna try this over the weekend with some heavy duty packing tape, much wider than scotch tape, so maybe a better medium? Either way, cool idea! I know my kid is gonna love it, and I will have some fun too!

dreamberry (author)2013-02-17

This would work instead of the carbon paper / deodorant trick for real tattoo pattern transfers.

tabi (author)dreamberry2013-02-21

Tell us the trick!

e2meleng (author)2013-02-19

Does this work on us black people?

tabi (author)e2meleng2013-02-21

You could always print with light colored inks

I haven't tried but let me know how it works out for you.

londobali (author)2013-02-21

Ha! Never thought of this one before..
Thanks for sharing!

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