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Hello! I'm new to this and hoping you lovely people can help me. I want to start making cards to sell but got in a proper panic when I saw somewhere that you have to use stamps with an angel policy.
Now I completely understand that people who design the stamps would be protective of their work but I don't know quite how to go ahead. How do you know if stamps have an angel policy? And does it apply to patterned papers too - after all, someone has designed those?
Grateful for all advice re copyrights etc on cards & Papercraft to sell!
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Papers: this is quite simple. Papers are copyright so with Craft Creations for example you can buy and use their papers and other products to make items to sell. What you may not do is scan or copy one sheet of their paper to make extras free to use or to sell. Most downloads are free to use but not to sell as sheets for someone else to use. There is no problem with toppers or purchased card blanks: they are sold for card making. But again if you are using a printed topper you have cut out or purchased you may not scan or copy the one you bought to make more for free.
Many stamps allow you to use them as long as you do not make hundreds of cards from the same stamp. It is a good idea to note on the back of your card "Using a stamp by ....." Some do not even ask for that much. Others, like Stampin' Up! require to use a stamp they produce on the back of cards made with their stamps. I sell cards in the local Country Market (successor to the old WI Markets) and I emailed two or three firms for written permission to use their stamps.
You can find out which ones you need to contact by Googling "Angel Policy".
I hope this helps.
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