How to Make a Thumb Impression

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How to Make a Thumb Impression
Thumb prints are often used as a secondary form of signature on bank checks. (Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Thumb print impressions are often used by banks when cashing checks as well as for other types of identification purposes. The impression can also be substituted as a signature by those who cannot read and write. When using a thumb print for identification purposes, it is nearly impossible to engage in fraud; an examination of the print for comparison purposes will confirm an identity. A thumb print can be completed in a matter of seconds.

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Things you need

  • Ink pad
  • Paper
  • Baby wipe

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  1. 1

    Open the ink pad and place it on a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Place one thumb on the ink pad. Roll the thumb from left to right in order to cover it with ink.

  3. 3

    Position the inked thumb onto the paper where the impression will be made. Press the thumb firmly on the paper and gently roll from left to right.

  4. 4

    Remove the thumb from the paper to reveal the thumb print impression. Wipe the thumb with a baby wipe.

Tips and warnings

  • Thumb print trees can be used for guest signatures at a wedding. A leafless tree is drawn and thumb prints are placed on the branches to fill the tree. This can be framed and kept as a wedding keepsake.

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