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QR Code Rubber Stamps & Stencils

Posted: June 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

QR Code Rubber StampBryan at Holmes Stamps in Florida contacted me on Twitter the other day to let me know that they were making QR code rubber stamps. Holmes is a family business that’s been going since 1954 and this is just another way they’re making old school products relevant to the 21st century.

They can make you a self-inking model with a crisp, clean image of your QR Code for easy and reliable scanning. You can also get them to add text to the stamp.

Anyway, I saw the QR code rubber stamps as the ideal way to retro-fit a QR code onto something that should have had one on it from the start, or to quickly apply one later to a document in a way that adds further context to it.

OK, a sticker would do the job too, but a rubber stamp is a quick, simple and cheap way to achieve the same result. You might need a couple of them, but if the QR codes contain data that can be applied repeatedly then it would make sense to use a rubber stamp.

A few examples I immediately thought of where a QR code rubber stamp would be handy to add QR codes after-the-fact:

  • The last box of brochures, business cards or flyers before you start using the latest print run that actually have a QR code printed on them.
  • Printed products out of legacy systems that don’t directly support adding images (like the customer invoices generated by your 1997 accounting system)
  • A short term scan-to-win promo to add to sales dockets at point-of-sale.
  • Product packaging, die-cut boxes and cartons that you buy unprinted because printed ones are too expensive.
  • Marking student assignments (the QR code links to the school extranet where they can log in to see the teachers comments).
  • Adding a device-scannable digital decision to anything the stamp will print on – yes/no, approved/rejected, passed/failed, etc.
  • Adding the contact details of the originator to a completed pro-forma document.
  • An alternative to a temporary tattoo – it doesn’t just have to be a paper product.

My head pretty much exploded when I starting thinking about the possibilities, but there’s a start.

I’m sure there’s other companies out there doing these as well, but Bryan was the one that contacted me so he’s the one I’ll recommend you go and talk to.


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