How can you turn a plain cell phone case into something uniquely yours? By using a clear phone case and putting any paper you’ve made in it. In the video, you’ll see an inexpensive $6 phone case become. You’ll see the easy way to get the exact template you need to cut your paper and the little trick at the end to get it all to fit.
The super bonus of using a clear case and your own papers is that you can change it any time, as many times, as you wish!
You can use any clear phone case. There are lots of brands/manufacturers, and all I really look for is a cheap one that fits my phone. Be sure that whichever one you buy, that it is for your specific size of phone.
The first thing you’ll want to do is pick some papers you love. I’ve grabbed a few since I couldn’t decide exactly which one I wanted. How the template is used will make it very easy to see what the finished phone case will look like. The stencil that was used to make these prints is the Cutouts Inspired by Matisse stencil I designed.
To make the template that is exactly the size you need, simply photocopy your clear case, and cut it out. The full sheet of paper will be used as a big window to move around the prints to audition different areas. This makes it so much easier to know where to cut because you’ll see what it looks like for you get the scissors.
When I put the phone in the case, the paper slid around. That made the cutouts for the camera not line up. So if that happens to you, take the phone out and reposition the paper. Then hold the paper in place with one hand while you slide the phone in with the other.
Looking for more gel printing fun? I’ve got a whole page of resources for getting started, techniques, and ways to use your prints here.