Using Fingerprints to Decorate Greeting Cards

Use your fingerprints as stamps to create this adorable greeting card with birds on a wire. 

By Judi Watanabe
October 2016


The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking (Quarto Publishing Group, 2016), by Judi Watanabe, explores a wide range of techniques and end products, making it a valuable reference for any crafter. So when the mood strikes, use the artistry you've learned to create personalized greetings for everyone you know! 

There’s no better tool than the tips of your fingers. They are easy to clean, do not require a special purchase, and are easy to find. Use bright colored inks and a pen for added detail to make many different cards.

finished finger print birds 

You Will Need

• Aqua ink pad
• 1 sheet white card stock, 8x5-1/4 inches
• 1 light blue folded note card 4-1/4x5-1/2 inches
• Adhesive
• Ruler
• Fine-point pen
• Bone folder


1. Ink your index finger with aqua-colored ink. Press your inked finger onto the white cardstock approximately one-third from the top of the card. Repeat using your thumb to create a larger image.

adding prints 

2. Align a ruler near the bottoms of the fingerprints and draw a line extending the length of the card.

draw the line 

3. Using the fine-point pen, draw eyes onto the fingerprints as well as legs and feet. Set aside.

birds standing on a wire 

4. Score the blue cardstock in half to make a crisp folded card.

using cardstock 

5. Adhere the fingerprint bird layer to the folded card.

birds on a line 

Read more from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking:

Decorate Greeting Cards by Using Tissue Paper
Using Dried Leaves to Decorate Greeting Cards
Drawing with Tape to Design Greeting Cards
Using Napkins to Design Beautiful Cards

Reprinted with permission from The Complete Photo Guide to Cardmaking, by Judi Watanabe and published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2016.

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