Change Up Your Phone Cover (Part 1)

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I have to confess – this is a post I’ve been sitting on for a while! And it’s going to be lengthy – I may yet break it up into two posts . . .

Are you tired of your plain old phone cover but those cheap printed ones just don’t do it for you? Do you want one with a bit of texture and character? Have you a minor hoard of basic art/scrapbooking supplies? Why not decorate your own?

Supplies Needed:

  • An ordinary folio or clip-on type of phone cover.
  • Tissue Paper
  • Gesso (kind of a primer paint)
  • Gel Medium
  • Stamps/Cut-outs from paper punches.
  • Mod-Podge or any type of “final coat” medium
  • Colours! Paints, sprays, markers – let your imagination run wild!

IMG_0991To start off with, I scuffed up the surface of the phone cover with a scuffing tool (any old bit of sandpaper, nail file or emery board will do just fine).

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Then draw the shape of your phone cover out on a piece of tissue paper. Allow a bit of extra room – as you want to wrap the tissue paper around the edges a bit.

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As you can see – I masked up the phone cover as a bit of an after-thought, but I’d recommend doing it first! This particular cover had an internal casing of plastic that I didn’t want to get anything on so it would still fit the phone inside it when I was finished! I also masked around the inside of the camera hole – so that the camera lens won’t be obstructed by anything that gunks up the space.

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Then it’s time to hit it with the gesso. This “primer” kind of paint dries matt and rough – it gives you a surface that the rest of your layers will stick to much better than just plonking the layers down directly on the phone cover (scuffed or not).

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I ended up doing two or three coats – because I was painting over a black case – if I’d used a white or light coloured case – I probably would only have done one. Again – depending how much of the colour you want to show through,

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While you’re waiting for your gesso to dry, cut out the shape you drew on your tissue paper and go nuts with your stamps and stamp ink (best to use a permanent ink pad if you have one – or use permanent markers to ink up your stamps). Make sure you have the tissue the right way around, and the stamps too (voice of experience speaking!!)

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Before applying your freshly stamped tissue paper to your phone cover, feel free to splash some colour around on the gesso. I used ink sprays to get the effects above – use three, maybe four colours (max). I blotted the the wettest parts with paper towel and left it to dry.

You then want to apply gel medium to the cover (carefully – especially if the colours you’ve used aren’t waterproof – try not to over-smear). Lay the tissue paper over the gel medium, you’ll probably need to smooth it out a bit – but again, be careful not to disturb the gel medium too much or you’ll smear anything that’s underneath it.

If you’re using a folio type cover – fold the cover almost closed so you can bend it later. If it’s a clip-on type of cover sit it on top of your gesso or gel medium jar lid, and leave the cover to dry overnight . . .

Come back tomorrow – when your paint and paper is dry and we’ll carry on with the next steps (yup – I would be that mean 😉 )

Here’s part 2

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