Plantable Paper Printing Guidelines
Botanical PaperWorks’ printable seed paper is embedded with a blend of annual and perennial wildflower, herb or even veggie seeds that have carefully selected because they are easy to grow and smaller in size. This makes the seed paper smoother and more suitable for printing. Here are some guidelines for printing on Botanical PaperWorks' plantable paper:
Recommended Methods of Plantable Paper Printing
When printing on plantable paper, we recommend using the following methods of printing:
- Off-set printing press, 1, 2 or 4 color
- Screen printing
Do not use a laser printer, they can kill the seeds.
Unless special ordered to have deckled edges (rough edges), plantable paper ships with trimmed edges so that the sheets don't get caught in the printer.
Tips for Getting Amazing Plantable Paper Results
In order to get the best results from your plantable paper printing project, here are some tips
- Avoid using heavy ink coverage unless you have a professional printer.
- If using a heavy ink coverage for backgrounds be sure to print on HQ settings and run a test print.
- Plantable paper is uncoated so some slight bleeding will occur. Be sure to keep that in mind and avoid printing very small text on dark colored backgrounds. We recommend at least 8-9 pt.
- To ensure accurate alignment, we recommend printing 4-color jobs on a 4-colorpress, rather than doing two passes on a 2-color press.
- If printing off-set, do not use Acetic Acid based fountain solution as it will cause the paper to delaminate and pile on the blankets. The automatic double sheet detector should be disabled because of the variances in the caliper of the hand made paper.