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Instructions for Hand and Footprint Kits

  1. Do not open the wipe until you are ready to use it. Once opened it can be used a few times but will dry out quickly.
  2. If you are using the wipe on a small child, it is best to do so when they are in a calm mood, distracted or asleep.
  3. Ensure that the body part being printed is clean and dry.
  4. Place the special paper on a hard surface, for example a tray/floor. Lightly taping the corners can help to stop the paper moving about.
  5. IMPORTANT: Please make sure the slightly glossy surface of the special paper is facing upwards - nothing will happen if the paper is the wrong way up. (If no prints appear, quickly turn the paper over, re-apply the wipe and try again).
  6. If you are the person applying the wipe, Do Not touch the paper after you have held the wipe as your prints will appear! Either ask someone to apply the wipe for you or make sure the paper is ready before you apply the wipe.
  7. Wash your hands before handling the paper.
  8. When opened, the inkless wipe will feel quite dry to the touch - this is normal.
  9. Wipe over the area being printed - not too much, just enough to make sure the entire surface to be printed is covered.
  10. For footprints - Hold the child's ankle and press gently but firmly onto the special paper rolling it from heel to toes. Hold for 5 - 10 seconds then move the foot straight up and away from the paper.
  11. For handprints - This can be tricky with babies as it is hard to uncurl their fingers so is best carried out when they are sleeping. Roll hand from base of palm to fingers onto the special paper whilst holding the fingers uncurled. Hold for 5 - 10 seconds then move the hand straight up and away from the paper. This will be easier with another person helping.
  12. The image will appear and darken over a few minutes.
  13. As with all prints, the image will smudge if the paper or body part moves whilst the print is being taken. Excessive pressure will result in a darker print with less detail.
  14. Wash hands and feet with soap and water.