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Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes: Create a DIY Phone Case using Adhesive Vinyl

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes: Created to Create

When it comes to customizing accessories, we're all about it. We've customized clothes, bags, mugs, ring dishes, wine glasses - you know basically all the things... but one thing that has been left sadly blank is our phone case. Well no more, friends.

Considering we carry that pesky little device nearly everywhere we go, we thought it was time to give that borning blank case a much-needed makeover - and what better way than with this month's free hand-lettered cut file from Arlena over at Bossy Brushstrokes and a little adhesive vinyl.

So let's get started, shall we!

You’ll need:

We put together a full video tutorial of this project so you can follow along with us in realtime, or you can keep scrolling to find the step-by-step instructions below if that's more your speed.

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Step 1: Design

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - resize in Design Space

Upload the SVG file to Design Space or Silhouette Studio and resize to fit your phone case. We sized ours to about 5.25" wide x 2.5" tall.

Step 2: Cutting 

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - mirror in Design Space

Apply the vinyl to your mat, with the color side facing up.

For this project, we are actually going to be placing the design on the inside of the phone case so that the finished decal is protected from daily wear and tear. To do this, we will need to mirror the design so that once we place the design on the inside of the case, it will be facing the correct way. Be sure to select the "Mirror" option before you begin cutting. 

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - Ready to Cut

Step 3: Weeding

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - Weeding 1

Once your machine is done cutting, use your weeding tool to remove all of the excess vinyl from your design. Tip: Use the large piece of excess vinyl to catch all of your smaller scraps. Simply roll up a piece of vinyl with the sticky side facing out and stick it to your work area. You can then use it to help quickly discard and collect all the small scraps as you work.

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - weeding 2

Step 4: Transfer Your Design

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - transfer tape 1

Cut a piece of transfer tape to fit over the weeded design and use your scraper to burnish over the design until it adheres completely to the transfer tape. Once we applied the transfer tape to our design, we cut it down a bit to make it easier to transfer it to the phone case.

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - transfer tape 2

Peel the transfer tape off of the vinyl backing and place the design in the desired spot on your phone case. Use your scraper tool or your fingers to smooth down the design and ensure it sticks strongly.

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - Place 1

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - place 2

Step 5: Enjoy!

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - peel

Carefully peel away your transfer tape and admire your new phone case!

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes DIY Phone Case with Adhesive Vinyl - Complete

Craftey + Bossy Brushstrokes: Created to Create finished project

As always, if you try this DIY be sure to share a picture in the comments below or by tagging us on social media with @GetCraftey and @BossyBrushstrokes, we’d love to see your projects! Check back next month for another exclusive hand-lettered design from Arlena and in the meantime, check out her all work over at BossyBrushstrokes.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram.

Be sure to head over to the Craftey shop to find all of the materials used in this project, including our Oracal 631, If you're looking for more fun project ideas, tips, or free cut files, head over to our Community site and join in on the fun!


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