Cutting QR Barcodes Out of Vinyl - Silhouette SD

Pin It

QR Code - Scan it!

They store your music, photos, contact lists and have even replaced your GPS device.  Android and iPhone smartphones are dominating the mobile industry and most of them have the ability to scan barcodes. I personally use this technology to compare prices by scanning the UPC codes on product packaging. Beyond product barcodes, QR barcodes (see QR code on right) are becoming a very popular marketing tool and if used properly, can generate traffic that you normally wouldn't see!

Where Do I Put A QR Barcode?

  • On the back of your car (window or bumper)
  • On signs that are stakes in the ground
  • Storefront windows
  • T-shirts
  • Anywhere you can imagine!

What Kind of Information Can a QR Barcode Store?

  • URL (Web Address, Ex:
  • Text (Any message you would like to store)
  • Phone Number
  • SMS (Specify the subject and message and allow the user to select the recipients)

What Tools Did You Use In the Video?

Buy Sure Cuts A Lot 3

  • Silhouette SD Cutting Machine (or any cutting machine capable of cutting vinyl)
  • Sure Cuts A Lot 3 Software (Compatible with Craftwell eCraft™, Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™, Boss Kut Gazelle™, Pazzles Inspiration™, Silhouette SD™, USCutter™
  • Vinyl
  • Vinyl Transfer Sheets
  • QReate & Track Website (to Generate QR barcode)

Why Would I Use This?

  • Get more traffic to your website! It can be any website; plumbing, painting, cleaning, baking etc.
  • Give people an easier way to dial your phone number
  • Place secret messages anywhere!
  • The marketing possibilities are endless!

Video Tutorial

15 Responses to “Cutting QR Barcodes Out of Vinyl - Silhouette SD”

  1. Connie May 31, 2011 at 1:43 pm #

    too bad I have a cricut

  2. Cindi May 31, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

    Glad I sold my cricut for a silhouette sd!

  3. Mo May 31, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    SWEET!!! Have scanned the QR’s before but cool to know how to do it for my website!! Thanks for sharing the info!

  4. Cyndi May 31, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    Leo, your tutorials are the best. I would never have given this technology a second thought, but you explained and demonstrated it very well. I agree, a cool tool. (Now I need a new phone!)

  5. Nan May 31, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    That was awesome. There are so many possibilities. Why can’t you use a cricut to cut this?

    • SVGCuts May 31, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

      You can! We just chose to use the Silhouette!

  6. MichelleMyBelle June 1, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    Leo, thank you so much for all this info. It’s greatly appreciated.

  7. Denise June 2, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    Excellent video, and great information. I love the barcode scanning app I have. Now I can make my own!

  8. Susan June 7, 2011 at 5:38 pm #

    Free app QR Reader and SavvyShopper for iPhone! Very Cool idea.

  9. Therese Given June 28, 2011 at 5:44 am #

    Hey Leo, Thanks so much for passing along this info! I tried it out for myself & made a vinyl code for my roller derby league. We put it up last night on one of our banners & I couldn’t have been happier when we tried it out & actually scanned!! Now they think I’m some kind of computer rock star (when really just a crafty geek).

  10. Juli Snedeker July 31, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Wow! Thank You For your tutorial!! I never knew the QR codes could be personalized!! Was wondering if cut with WHITE Vinyl, if it would work the same? want to put one on the back of my car window next to our business vinyl sticker and don’t think the black will show up…

    • Anonymous July 31, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

      Good question. I will test it out and let everyone know!

      • Myleeson March 11, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

        So how do I do this with MTC (Make the Cut) program?  Loved the video and your presentation.  THanks bunches!

        • Myleeson March 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

          I figured it out.  Thanks!

  11. Teesa January 10, 2014 at 8:57 pm #

    cool I tried scaning it thur the screen and it works. FYI Leo you can reuse your tranfer tape over and over just put it back on the waxy sheet and save for the next job. Also the best thing and cheaps thing is contact paper from the Dollar Tree it is a lot bigger than the tranfer tape so you can do larger cuts of vinyl without having to piece it and for a dollar cheap.