Remembering the decoder rings and my fascination with secret messages I thought I could make an interesting business card that could not only tell a story, but give useful information on how to contact me. I did this first using just a block out grid stencil, and secondly with a QR code acting as the grid.
Here's a video demo:
Step 1: Write out the story
Make sure to include all the characters you want decoded. I started with a "B" because I wanted the first part of my name to show up on the upper left.
Step 2: Edit the stencil with a vector graphic program
- Create a business card sized rectangle over your story.
- Put the transparency down to 50%
- Draw the white rectangles that highlight the text you want to show up.
- With the pathfinder tool find the exclusion.
Step 3: Print the stencil
Step 4: QR code version
Once you have your QR code you now have the image you will also use as a decoder stencil.