There are a couple of things we do a lot of here at Bloomin, we make a lot of plantable see paper, and we print on a lot of seed paper.
We print using three methods:
1) Offset printing: it’s fast, easy, (sort of) and fairly cheap. Unfortunately, all that pressure kills off a lot of seeds.
2) Inkjet printing: it’s slow, problematic, frustrating, and ink costs a fortune, but it looks great, the ink is very eco-friendly, and no seeds are damaged in the process.
3) Letterpress printing: it’s old school work, so-so speed, a lot of set up and clean up, very challenging to do a good job, really fun unless the job is super long. The only seeds that are killed are where the ink is laid down because the get squished, and the ink is soy-based, and quite eco-friendly.
If it was up to me, all our seed paper would be letterpress printed. I love it and I am good at it. Kevin Huck, (Dr Huck I call him) is also good t it. He has been printing here for years. If you have had seeded paper letterpress printed by us, Dr Huck probably printed it.
Anyway, I took out my iphone the other day and made a little video clip of the process. It is down and dirty, and very sloppy (and I thought I do well under pressure) The video is a little embarrassing, but I’m putting it up anyway because I don’t believe we could do it better a second time. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for watching. Oh yea, if you have any questions about the process or if you need help printing on our seed paper, give me a call. Our phone # is 303.443.3591, press 0 and ask for Tom Noyes.