Lately there's been a discussion on Splitcoast Stampers (SCS) regarding copyright and whether CASEing infringes on that or not. Common concensus seems to indicate that generally whatever is made as a result of a CASE (Copy And Selectively Edit is my favorite definition) differs enough from the inspiration piece to qualify it as an original piece of work. The additional thought was that AN EXACT COPY crosses the line, but that if it's just to give to your grandma, for example, and not used for submission for publication or to win a contest, that it's probably no big deal. As usual, since I was paying attention to this issue the Universe sent me some supplemental information, this time in the form of Seth's blog post for today: Simple thoughts about fair use.
Among the comments was also a common thought that EVERYbody CASEs at some point or another (that's how we try out new things, more often than not) and that it is common courtesy to credit your source of inspiration with a mention in your post and/or a link back to the original. Nobody replying on the thread could understand why anyone would have a problem with CASEing, especially since SCS hosts a challenge every Sunday specifically to CASE a Featured Stamper. It's considered a high compliment to be the chosen subject! Today we're CASEing Pam Giudici (Pam's Hobby), and I chose THIS CARD to inspire my design. I also included yesterday's Inspiration Challenge to be inspired by the artwork on the Close To My Art website. I chose this Li'l Hootsie Art Blox:
And here's what I ended up with when I combined the two challenges:
Stamps: Recollections (owl), Stampin'Up! Little Letters (alphabet); Ink: Close to My Heart Autumn Terracotta, Versafine Onyx Black, Ranger Old Paper distress ink; Paper: Unknown parchment, DCWV Green Mat Stack, Paper Company Black; Accessories/tools: Fiskars Funky Heart squeeze punch, SU! Ticket corner punch, Corner Chomper, American Crafts heart mini-brads, CTMH journaling marker, Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, CTMH stubble tool, Tim Holtz ink distressing tool
Wondering why I listed a snowflake punch above, when there's no evidence of a snowflake on my card? I couldn't figure out how to give my little owl some feet (the stamp didn't have any) without super-finicky cutting, so I got this punch:
and punched this much of it from a scrap of black paper:
and did some selective cutting to get these:
which I then attached to the backside of the owl. Problem solved!
I used the journaling marker to outline the owl, since it was originally all terracotta, and made the whites of his eyes white and added a little sparkle to them with a white gel pen. I trimmed down some of the punched hearts so I could layer them. And that's the rest of the story!
I have a halfway-done card for the first Jingle Belles prompt for this year, but I need to break out the sewing machine to finish it, so that's happening later tonight or early tomorrow...
Have a great night, and thanks for stopping by!