Taking Ink Prints & Uploading Pictures
• 2 Fingerprint Cards
Note: Two of each item are included so that you can either use one to practice with or you can capture prints of two different people. Please make sure that each card is only used for one person's fingerprints.
How to Take Ink Prints
Personalized Keepsakes are just a few steps away. Follow the steps below to make sure you get the best possible results. If you already have fingerprints from another source (work, military, etc.), just skip to Step 4.
Prepare Ink Strip
Your Fingerprint Ink Kit includes two ink strips making it quick and easy to capture fingerprints. Simply peel the ink strip apart to expose the inked surfaces within and you’re ready to get started.
Place Finger on Ink
Next, press the desired finger you would like to capture the fingerprint of onto the ink strip. Each time you ink a finger, use a different section of the ink strip.
Press Finger on Card
Press your inked finger firmly into one of the boxes on the provided fingerprint card. Pressing too hard will smudge the print, while not enough pressure will make the lines hard to see. Compare your prints with the examples below. Repeat with either the same finger, or with other fingers, capturing three to four good prints. Don't worry if they aren't all perfect! Our professional artists will choose the best one to use for your Fingerprint Keepsakes.
Position the camera correctly
Place the fingerprint card on a hard, flat surface that is well lit. Hold the camera flat so there is no angle to the print image. Use the brackets that are printed on the card to fill the entire viewfinder with the completed fingerprints. If you are capturing prints from another source (work, military records, etc.), try to get close enough to fill the viewfinder with two to four prints. Review the photo you have taken and make sure the prints are in focus.
Once you have the digital image of your fingerprints ready, you can upload them here.
After your prints have been uploaded, you will receive a PIN (Personal Identification Number) that is assigned to that particular set of prints and can be used immediately for ordering Keepsakes. A copy of the PIN will also be emailed to you for your records.