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Thumbprint Characters for Greeting Cards and Scrapbooking

Updated on July 7, 2015

Add a whimsical personal touch to your Greeting Cards and Scrapbooking pages!

I enjoy having my kids make their very own holiday cards to give to the special people in their lives. A homemade card adds that extra special personal touch. What's more personal than a thumbprint?

You can create adorable cards that start with just a thumbprint, then turn them into a work of art!

Below are just a few of the characters you can create! Send a card to someone special or include one in a gift basket for any occasion or none at all!

Many of the designs below can be downloaded from The Scrappin Cop - a great collection of Scrapbook Designs.

How to Create a Thumbprint Design

Think Ahead - Is your design going to be in front of something? For example, if you're going to have a teacher in front of a blackboard, you'll want to put your blackboard in place first. You can do this by painting the scene, drawing with markers, or using construction paper to make your background.

Thumbprint Materials - An ink pad gives a clear and defined thumbprint and dries almost instantly, but finger paints and even acrylic paints can be used. If you're using paints, dab a little on a piece of card stock. Rub your finger around and make sure it is just lightly coated - too much paint will create globs. Wash fingers before using another color, and let the thumbprint dry before adding accents. Of course fingers can be used too - depending on the size and shape of the print you want.

Accents - Once your thumbprint is ready, use fine-tip markers to create accents. Get creative! Use glitter, construction paper, puffy paints and googly eyes to really make your design pop! Make borders by dotting your fingertip around the perimeter of the card.

Greeting Cards - If you plan on making greeting cards with your designs, and want to print the wording on the cards with your printer, it's best to do this before making your thumbprint creation so nothing gets smeared.

Easter/Spring Thumbprints

Thumbprint Cards for Easter

Thumbprint cards are a great idea for Easter! Have each child or each member of the family create a bunny or duckling out of their thumbprint.

Also works great as cards to family for Baby's First Easter, since even babies can contribute their adorable little fingerprint.

Some ideas for sayings are "Thumb-bunny Loves You" or "Thumb-bunny is Wishing you a Hoppy Easter!"

Halloween Thumbprints

Winter Holiday Thumbprints

Thumbprint Cards for Christmas

Create your very own Christmas cards with a great personal touch! Send them to friends and family and include them with your holiday gifts.

For a family card you can have each member of your family make their very own reindeer or snowman thumbprints - label each person's name under their own character.

How about creating a nativity scene with thumbprints?

Thumbprint Animals - Any animal could be made from your thumbprint!

Thumbprint People

This adorable little police man was created by The Scrappin Cop.

You could create a thumbprint person thank you card for just about any profession - Teachers (in front of a chalkboard holding an apple), Nurses (wearing a nurses hat while holding a shot), Babysitter (with a little thumbprint baby at her feet!) - the possibilities are endless!

Your design can be as unique as your thumbprint!

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      6 years ago

      my kids have 2 of Ed Emberly's books and they love making thumbprint art! so fun and cute :o)

    • siryellow1 profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      Awesome lens! Not only is this a great idea... but really nicely presented.

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      Preschool Toolbox 

      7 years ago

      Love, Love it! Shared!

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful and creative!! I make my own cards so may give this a try!

    • myneverboredhands profile image


      9 years ago

      Interesting ideas, thanks for sharing. featured in my Handmade cards for Christmas lens. I hope you don't mind :)

    • squid-janices7 profile image


      9 years ago

      Sooooo cute! Who knew you could create all that stuff with thumbprints :)

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      Tonie Cook 

      9 years ago from USA

      Beautifully creative and a great way to spend family time together.

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      10 years ago

      Great post! I featured it on my hubpage about Grandparents day ideas! Thank you, and keep up the good work!

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      Beth Webster-Duerr 

      10 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      So cute and original! The closest I ever came to this was leaving fingerprint Easter bunny and Reindeer paw prints for my girls when the were little.

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      Linda Hoxie 

      10 years ago from Idaho

      What a unique artwork, I love it and love this lens. Talk about leaving your mark on the one can duplicate your very own thumbprint! Great Rocketmom lens!


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      10 years ago

      Wow that's really neat!


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