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May 09, 2016 2 Comments
I wanted to show you a quick, fun way to customize your phone case. Of course, we're using Artistcellar Stencils and gelli prints. When my Dr Who Phone case started to fall apart, I went back to my old, clear case. After a Tardis phone case (way cool!) this plain clear case was boring me to death. So... I decided to spruce it up.
You have to very carefully make a template first. The inside of the case is slightly smaller than the outside, but you can trace the outside and when you cut it out, cut it about 1/8"-1/16" smaller all around. Fit it and trim it as needed. Better to trim very slowly, because you can always cut more, but can't put it back. Get it so it's nice and snug.
Now you can find some cool paper to use. I suggest regular weight paper as opposed to a cardstock thickness. My first attempt was with cardstock and my phone case didn't fit as well, I lost that bumper edge. First priority is protecting the phone! I have 9875429 gelli print papers laying around from when I play with new stencils, and it was really hard to choose, but I just picked this one made from the Seed of Life Stencil from the Sacred Geometry 2 Series.
Audition your template and find a nice design to focus on. Once you have the outside shape cut out, put it in the clear case. Now you can trace around your camera cut out, while it is in the case. You want to make sure that you are cutting the opening on the correct side of the paper. (Ask me how I know this. ie. second attempt ) To cut the inside opening, I used a very sharp Xacto blade on a self healing mat.
Some cases have a huge opening for the camera, some have a smaller opening. Mine had a large opening, and my phone has that pink stripe below the camera. I wanted to make the opening in the printed paper as small as possible so the original phone color couldn't be seen. If you look close enough, you can see that I missed the mark a little bit, but the next one I make will be slightly smaller. I made this in about ten minutes, and that's my excuse.
I think it looks fabulous! And it's so easy to make, you can make one to match every outfit. Clear cases on Amazon run between $6 - $20 but think of the versatility!
If you make your own phone case like this, I want to see it! Have fun!
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