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Halloween Ink-Jet Tattoos

After you apply the tattoos, they will be in reverse (except for the symmetrical ones, like the spiders). Take this into account as you place them.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2013



Water Slide tattoo decal-paper kit, 8 1/2" by 11", $20 for 5 sheets,


  • Printer

  • Ink-jet tattoo kit (decal paper and clear adhesive sheets)

  • Bone folder or burnishing tool

  • Tape

  • Water and paper towel

  • Shallow dish


  1. In your computer’s printer-options menu, select the best-quality or highest-resolution setting. Download desired clip art and print on decal paper. Let dry 5 minutes.

  2. Peel the disposable backing from the clear sheet; align it with the printed decal paper.

  3. Using the long, straight side of the bone folder, burnish the clear sheet onto the decal paper. (Do not worry if some air bubbles form.)

  4. Use scissors to cut out tattoos as close to the edge of the design as possible (as shown with spiders).

  5. If you’re placing a lot of tattoos, first figure out where they will be positioned, and temporarily tape them in place. Remove each as you apply it. Use smaller-scale tattoos for rounded areas like the apples of your cheeks or around your mouth (larger tattoos might not conform to the contours).

  6. Peel off the clear sheet, and place the decal paper, design side down, against your skin. Dip a paper towel in water until it’s saturated but not dripping.

  7. Gently dab the paper towel over the paper, dampening all areas. When the paper begins to release from the tattoo, use your fingers to slowly peel it entirely away. Repeat for all desired tattoos.

  8. When you want to remove them, the tattoos will peel away from your skin, or you can rub them with baby oil.

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