How to Make a Thumb Impression

Updated April 17, 2017

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.

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

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

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.

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


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.

Things You'll Need

  • Ink pad
  • Paper
  • Baby wipe
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Meg Warren began writing how-to articles professionally in 2009. Born and raised in St. Louis, Miss., Warren has always been a creative person through art, writing and music. She is currently pursuing an associate degree at Patricia Stevens College for interior design.