Using Fingerprints to Decorate Greeting Cards

Join Judi Watanabe and use your fingerprints as stamps and create a wonderful greeting card with birds on a wire.

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by Judi Watanabe

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.

You Will Need

• Aqua ink pad
• 1 sheet white card stock, 8×5-1/4 inches
• 1 light blue folded note card 4-1/4×5-1/2 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.

person holding their hand over white card stock with three blue fingerprints on it

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

person holding a ruler up against a piece of white card stock underneath a line of blue fingerprints and a pen drawing a line along it

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

person using black pen to draw feet, eyes, and beaks on to fingerprints on card stock to make them look like birds

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

person using a wooden tool with a ruler to score a piece of blue card stock

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

person gluing white cardstock with fingerprint bird drawings on it to blue cardstock

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

book cover with craft supplies on it

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