QR Code Rubber Stamps & Stencils



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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