Welcome to this week’s edition of PrintCraft, the go-to source for all things sublimation printing.
If you have always wanted to add a personal touch to your phone case, then this post is for you.
From wonderful designs to heartwarming pictures, all these and more can be sublimated on your phone case… in just a few easy steps ✨
🌟 Some delightful phone case ideas to get you started
🎨 How to create your own stylish phone case
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🌟 2 Best DIY Crafts
🎨 Designing Beautiful, Personalized Phone Cases with Sublimation Printing: A Complete Guide
Why try this out?
Picking out a phone case can be quite a hassle, especially when the designs available are not what you want. However, when you choose to sublimate your case, it becomes a much more interesting activity.
You can settle on a fun quote from your favorite movie, a picture of a fond memory, or simply a chic design that would make your phone a fashion item.
The options are endless! 🎉
Like friendship bracelets, you could also give out personalized phone cases as gifts to your loved ones. And, if you plan to start a business, making phone cases to sell could be a modest side hustle.
Eager to start making yours? Let’s dive in!
What tools will you need?
💡Sublimation Printer: Choosing a high-quality printer will make all the difference in bringing your preferred designs to life. We recommend selecting this one. It prints images in high resolution, has seamless connectivity to multiple devices, and is budget-friendly.
🏢Heat Press Machine: A standard heat press is needed to transfer your chosen picture/design from the sublimation paper to the phone case.
📝 Sublimation Paper: Different from regular printing paper, you will need this to carry out the sublimation process. Sublimation papers are necessary to print out designs.
🛡️Heat-resistant Tape: This is used to hold together the blank phone case and the printed designs. It needs to be heat resistant because it’ll be placed under the heat press.
📄Parchment Paper: Non-stick paper makes transferring designs easy. It ensures that the heat press doesn’t fuse to the phone case or the sublimation paper.
🧤Heat-resistant Gloves: These gloves will prevent you from burning yourself while removing your newly sublimated phone case from the heat press.
🖼️Design Software: Canva provides lots of ready-made designs for you to sublimate on your phone. In addition, a printer like SG500 also comes with its design software.
Now, onto the fun part.
How does this work?
Open your design in the software of your choice and ensure that it is slightly bigger than your phone case dimensions.
P.S. Check your phone camera position and confirm that it does not distort the picture you picked.
Next, put your sublimation paper in the printer and print out your designs. Remember to turn on your heat press and allow it to warm up. The temperature recommended by the phone case manufacturer is between 350o F to 400o F.
Peel off the protective film on the blank phone case. Take care not to leave your fingerprints on it. Now, use heat-resistant tape to attach the printed design to the case.
Wear your heat-resistant gloves, and then place two sheets of parchment paper on the heat press.
Place the uncovered case and the designs on top of it. Finish up by adding another protective layer of two parchment papers.
Close up the heat press. Adjust the temperature to 356oF for 150 seconds and watch the magic happen. After the time has elapsed, use your gloves to carefully remove your newly sublimated phone case from the heat press.
Allow it to cool for a few seconds, and voila…
You now have a beautiful sublimated phone case!
A helpful extra
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The PrintCraft Team