|Printing on Seed Paper
All of the printed and/or die-cut cardstock support pieces are printed on high quality digital printers in 4-color CMYK process. When the quantities and artwork call for it, these support pieces can be offset printed to include your specific PMS colors
The preferred method for printing on our seed paper employs a proprietary inkjet system that we have developed and refined over the years. By "spraying" the ink down onto the seed paper, we achieve the highest print quality and preserve our high germination standards. When printing on the seed paper in this manner, we do require artwork with light ink coverage (no heavy solids, background colors, etc.). Although your artwork can include full color graphics, logos, and text we need the artwork to be mostly white space. In general, we recommend 20% maximum coverage. When in doubt, send your artwork to us first for approval or guidance. Often a few little changes can make a big difference.
SECOND SIDE INKJET PRINTING - Because of the handmade nature of our seed paper, it is difficult to have perfect registration from front to back. Typically, minor adjustments to the artwork can make the registration shortcoming less noticeable.
This method has an old world nostalgic debossed look. Typically printed in one or two colors, one sheet at a time. Letterpress printing offers a stamped look and feel that is much less detail oriented than offset or inkjet printing. It does reiterate the handcrafted look and feel and does not significantly decrease the germination rates. Letterpress printing can also accommodate your requests for specific seeds that might be larger than what we like to print on our ink jet system (tree, herb, vegetables, etc.)
In addition to printing our support materials with offset printers, we can print seed paper using this method when no other methods allow. Offset printing on the seed paper greatly reduces the germination rates of the seeds. We have lab tested the paper and it is undeniable that the heavy pressure of the press crushes many of the seeds and renders them sterile. We prefer to only produce printed seed paper promos that meet our high germination standards. However, if large quantity, quick turnaround jobs necessitate the use of offset printing on the seed paper, and germination rates are not so important to you, then this may be the best option.