How do I Collect Footprints? You may use prints from a birth certificate or simply use any baby-safe ink pad and plain white paper. Black ink works best. Lightly touch the inked surface twice and then press downward on the paper. Use more of a tapping motion than a rolling one. Take high resolution digital photos of the best ones. Make sure they are in sharp focus for best results. Fill the frame with the print without cutting any part out for highest resolution.