Did you even know there was such a thing? Do you think you may need to know what an Angel Policy may mean for you as a stamper?

If you are planning on reproducing your hand stamped cards and selling them for profit, then you will need to be aware of the Angel Policy of the manufacturer of the stamped images that you are using.

An Angel Policy is a form of limited license that specifies how a rubber stamped image can be used and any specific requirements of the manufacturer or artist. Typically this outlines under what circumstances, if any, a stamper can make and sell items created using a manufacturer’s rubber stamps.

Some companies have a very generous Angel Policy, which allows stampers to work with the stamped images without restriction and this includes creating products for resale. Other companies offer more limited commercial use of their images, for instance limiting the number of products that can be created from a single stamp. Some companies do not have an Angel Policy – this does not mean that there is a ‘free for all’ when it comes to the use of their stamps – far from it! It means that their stamps are sold for personal use only and not for commercial gain.

Typical Angel Policy Terms

Many companies work on the basis that their rubber stamps are being sold for personal use only. They will, however, grant a limited license which is given the popular name of Angel Policy, that will allow the creation of products for resale using their stamped images. One of the common elements of most Angel Policies is that any items that are created for resale must be hand stamped and not reproduced mechanically or electronically. Most standard Angel Policies also prohibit the use of assembly or production line processes to create stamped products.

Other terms that maybe specified within an Angel Policy include:

  • How many products can be made
  • Where the products can be sold
  • Whether a copyright statement needs to me made
  • Whether permission needs to be requested in writing
  • Stamped images cannot be used to create logos, clip art or for other commercial use
Note: Licensed images, such as Disney characters or other characters such as Thomas the Tank Engine are almost never permitted for use in the creation of items for resale.
This might all sound pretty daunting to a stamper who is unfamiliar with Angel Policies – however the terms of a policy are not meant to be restrictive or prohibitive. They are simply to protect the original artist, the stamp manufacturer and the stamper from the misuse of stamped images.
Stampers who enjoy making cards and other creations for their own use or to give to family and friends needn’t worry! The terms of an Angel Policy are generally for stampers who are looking to sell their work. If you are unsure about the Angel policy of the stamps you are using, just Google the manufacturer’s name plus the words “angel policy” and you will soon find what you’re looking for. As I’m a Stampin’ Up! girl, here‘s a link to the Stampin’ Up! Angel policy.
So it’s true . .”You learn something new every day” 🙂
Have a great weekend,