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   QR code Christmas card Posted by Chica 
December 8, 2011 
Chica
 

How many of you have spotted the funky new square barcodes that are starting to show up in advertisements and print media everywhere? They are called “Quick Response codes”, or “QR codes”, and they can be used to store huge amounts of data. These codes have a pretty neat history that you can read about over on Wikipedia. What has made them so useful these days is that you can quickly and easily scan them using one of the many QR code reader apps available for your smart phone.

QR code ChicaAndJo.comQR codes are super easy to create, too, especially with services like QRStuff.com, which lets you quickly create a barcode pointing to any URL you want (or lots of other types of data, too). It took me less than a minute to create and download a QR code that points to ChicaAndJo.com. Pretty neat, huh? You can actually scan it right here on the computer if you’ve got an app such as Scan – QR Code City on your phone.

I thought it would be cool to incorporate a QR code into the design of my Christmas cards this year for a fun twist. Then I could have the code point to any online digital media I wanted, as a fun way to share with my friends and family.

Just think of the personal things you can share with loved ones far away in your Christmas card. For example, you could use a QR code to point everyone to:

  • a photo of the family (on Flickr)
  • a video of the new baby (on YouTube)
  • your Facebook page
  • the website of your favorite charity
  • your personal blog
  • your family’s Christmas letter
  • your company website
  • … or anything else you can find online!

For my card design, I kept things clean and modern. I created an image with a simple tree and a few gifts, and incorporated the QR code into the biggest gift. In case someone doesn’t know what the barcode is for, I put a little message on the back of the card. I made a handy-dandy template to share with you all so that you can create your own cards, too!

QR code Christmas card template Download our QR code Christmas card template

Once you open the template in Microsoft Word, you can optionally edit the text on the front and back of the card, and you can update the QR code with one you created yourself. Then just print the cards out onto 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of white cardstock.

QR code Christmas card

Then just fold the card in half and sign your message and name on the inside.

QR code Christmas cardQR code Christmas card

The card will fit perfectly into a standard A9 envelope (5-3/4″ x 8-3/4″). Okay, my cards are done… now I just have to get all those envelopes addressed!

QR code Christmas card

6 comments so far:

  1. Rebecca said: (December 8th, 2011 at 8:22 pm)

    Thats so high tech and awesome! Would be a fun idea to tell the kids about a secret christmas gift ( like going on a trip ). Or could guide your kids around the internet for little clues on where their gifts are hiding.

  2. Chica said: (December 8th, 2011 at 8:45 pm)

    Rebecca, I LOVE the idea of revealing a gift via a QR code on the card, and the treasure hunt sounds fun too!

  3. Alice said: (December 9th, 2011 at 3:48 pm)

    Love your card! Barcode and all. I think I will use it for sending a few cards.

  4. Shauna said: (December 9th, 2011 at 6:39 pm)

    That is such a great idea! I never knew that it was so easy to create your own QR code.

  5. marlene said: (December 10th, 2011 at 12:07 am)

    very cute christmas card
    marlene

  6. Chica said: (December 10th, 2011 at 8:13 am)

    Shauna, I had no idea it was so easy until I looked into it. Neat, huh?

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