6 Ways to Create Stunning Printed Designs on Plantable Seed Paper
When it comes to printing, there's a remarkable and eco-friendly medium that has been gaining widespread popularity: plantable seed paper. This innovative paper not only allows you to unleash your creativity but also brings about significant environmental benefits. In this blog post, we'll explore six ways to create stunning designs on plantable paper using our in-house seed paper printing service, enabling you to make a memorable and sustainable impact.
1) Choose the Right Seed Paper
The first step towards creating exceptional printed designs on seed paper is selecting the right kind. At our studio, we place special emphasis on using UK native wildflower seed paper that is made here in the UK. These seeds benefit crucial pollinators such as bees and butterflies and avoid introducing invasive species which can sometimes be included in cheap seed paper that is made abroad. Additionally, considering factors like paper thickness, texture, and printability ensures optimal results that captivate both the eye and the environment. The seed paper we work with has a lovely texture to it, which when combined with the visual element of the seeds makes for some really unique eye-catching printed pieces that are excellent talking points.
2) Preparing the Design Correctly
Design preparation plays a vital role in achieving exceptional print quality on seed paper. To ensure the best outcome, it's crucial to provide a high-resolution design file. Our seed paper digital press, operating at an impressive 1200dpi, faithfully reproduces solid block areas, text, and photographs. As an added service, you can request a test print of your artwork on our seed paper for a nominal charge of £10+vat. This allows you to witness firsthand how your design translates onto the unique texture of seed paper. Suitable design software and file formats are equally important considerations. Aim for a minimum resolution of 300dpi and ensure the design is in CMYK colour format, as seed paper's inkjet printing technique imparts a distinctive matte finish that may slightly alter colour perception.
3) Selecting the Printing Technique
When it comes to printing on seed paper, there are various techniques to explore. Digital printing with water-based inks is an excellent option for seed paper. In addition, it's also possible to add gold and silver foil to plantable seed paper using a special grade of foil and the foil stamping process. Our compostable and biodegradable foils add an elegant touch to your printed designs, enhancing their appeal without impacting seed germination during planting or the biodegradability of the paper itself. Please note that not all foil designs are suitable for seed paper so our team will need to assess your artwork and potentially run a test print first. seed paper printing is not only cost-effective for small quantities but also accommodates a wide range of design styles and finishing options.
4) Incorporating Seed Paper into the Designs
The versatility of seed paper lends itself to countless creative applications. These include but are not limited to: business cards, invitations, bookmarks, greeting cards, thank you cards, notebook covers, postcards, die cut shapes, swing tags, packaging and more. Make sure you incorporate the seed paper into the design itself by keeping some areas of your design white, allowing the seeds to remain visible on the final printed product. It genuinely adds a really lovely visual element.
5) Add Finishing Touches
To take your printed designs on seed paper to the next level, consider incorporating additional embellishments. Options such as foil stamping and embossing add further depth and texture, creating a tactile experience for the recipient. Furthermore, our in-house die-cutting service allows for the creation of unique shapes like circles, hearts, butterflies, and more. These finishing touches add a touch of sophistication and uniqueness to your printed pieces.
6) Promote the Plantable Aspect
One of the key selling points of seed paper is its plantable nature. To effectively communicate this feature, consider incorporating planting instructions or calls to action within your designs. For an interactive touch, you can include a QR code that links to a short instructional video, guiding recipients on how to plant the seed paper. This not only drives engagement but also creates a lasting connection with your brand.
In conclusion, creating stunning printed designs on plantable seed paper allows you to marry creativity with sustainability. By choosing this eco-friendly medium, you contribute to a positive environmental impact. Let your imagination soar and explore the endless possibilities that seed paper offers. Embrace the beauty of sustainable printing and leave a memorable impression that not only captivates the eye but also nurtures the Earth we call home.