Essentials

Growing paper is not bright white. Each growing paper has its own individual colour. Therefore, although our printers are specially adapted, we cannot completely rule out colour variations in the final product. 

Note: We understand that brand colors are crucial for business printing. We strive to match your color specifications as closely as possible. If you're concerned, consider ordering a test print.

Each sheet of paper is unique. Due to the production method, each sheet of growing paper is unique. With our paper, which is made from recycled waste paper, there may be colour fragments, leftover letters and other residues visible in the paper. Cards with these imperfections are not sorted out.

Each seed gives a different look. Keep this in mind when making your choice. If you want to see the difference, contact us. We will be happy to send you a sample. Explore all paper types online: here.


Instructions for your design

With bleed

With bleed

Read our step-by-step instructions to create your design correctly.  Use our tips to efficiently and flawlessly prepare your design for printing on growing paper.

Step-by-step instructions for the design with bleed

Read our step-by-step instructions to set up your design correctly.

Step 1: Set the document format

Create a format according to the final dimensions of your desired format. Example: an A6 format has a size of 105 x 148 mm.

Step 2: Add bleed margin

Enlarge the entire format by 5 mm all around! Example: an A6 format has a size of 105 x 148 mm. This size now becomes 115 x 158 mm.

Step 3: Place guides

Place guides to visually mark the bleed area. Example: for an A6 format, the paper is cut according to these dimensions: 105 x 148 mm.

Step 4: Position design elements that extend to the edge correctly

Place all images and graphic elements to be cut at the edge within the bleed area to ensure they are cut correctly.

Step 5: Place guides

Again, place guide lines so that you can later place the remaining design elements. These should be at least 8 mm away from the cut line.

Step 6: Position the remaining design elements

Now place all elements of your design that should not be flush with the cutting line. Place all elements that should not be flush with the edge at least 8 mm from the cut ting line.

Step 7: Download the design

Now download your file as a JPG, PNG or PDF. Make sure no colour codes or cut lines have been added!

Read more about bleed here!

You still have questions? Get in touch with us.

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Without bleed

Without bleed

Read our step-by-step instructions to set up your design correctly.  Use our tips to efficiently and flawlessly prepare your design for printing on growing paper.

Step-by-step instructions for design without bleed

Read our step-by-step instructions to set up your design correctly.

Step 1: Set the document format

Create a format according to the final dimensions of your desired format. Example: an A6 format has a size of 105 x 148 mm.

Step 2: Place guides

Place guides so that you can position the design elements. These should be at least 8 mm away from the cutting line.

Step 3: Position the design elements

Now place all the elements of your design. Place all elements at least 8 mm from the cutting line.

Step 4: Download the design

Now download your file as a JPG, PNG or PDF. Make sure no colour codes or cut lines have been added!

You still have questions? Get in touch with us.

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Extras

QR codes

QR codes

Size: The QR code should be at least 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm to ensure readability.

Margin: Leave a margin of at least 5 mm around the QR code to avoid any interference with the surrounding design elements.

Color Contrast: Ensure there is a strong contrast between the QR code and the background for optimal scanning. Typically, a black QR code works best on seed paper.

Hole punching

Hole punching

Position: Determine the exact position where you want the hole to be placed.

Mark: Use a small cross (X) to indicate the hole placement.

Color: The cross should be in a light, non-intrusive color (e.g. a light grey). Avoid using bright colors.

Size: The cross should be small, just large enough to be visible to the printer but not to interfere with the design (e.g., 2-3 mm).

Border Distance: The hole should be placed at least 5 mm from the border to ensure that it won't rip.

Rounded corners

Rounded corners

Corner Radius: Decide on the radius of the rounded corners (e.g., 4 mm, 8 mm) and incorporate this into your design.

Safety Margins: Keep all important text and design elements at least 8 mm away from where the rounded corners will start. This prevents them from being cut off during trimming.

Bleed Area: Add a bleed area of 5 mm around the edges of your design. This ensures that the print extends to the edge of the paper without any unprinted borders.

Pictures

Pictures

Picture Size: The picture should not occupy more than 40% of the total area of the chosen format. For example, if you are using an A4 sheet (210 x 297 mm), the image area should be no larger than approximately 84 x 118 mm.

Quality: Use high-resolution images (at least 300 DPI) to maintain clarity and detail.

Planting instruction

Planting instruction

With a planting instruction and the website www.letitsprout.com in your design, you ensure that the recipient knows exactly how to plant the paper and bring the seeds to bloom. 

Growing paper is something very special. The texture and content are very different from normal paper and the printing process is also different from normal printing paper. Here is an overview of the most important facts about growing paper: 

  1. No bright white paper: each growing paper can have a slightly different colouring and is usually not bright white like normal paper. This often gives it a rustic and natural look.
  2. Each seed gives a different look: even within the same grammage, the colours are different. For example, the 250 gsm paper with forget-me-not seeds has a different look and feel than the 250 gsm growing paper with the wildflower mix. If you want to know the difference within a grammage before finalising your order, contact us and we will be happy to send you a sample. 
  3. Limited printing possibilities: Unlike conventional paper, not every design can be printed on growing paper. Please read our design tips before placing an order. 
  4. Design deviations: Designs on growing paper are not always perfectly centred and may have minimal deviations (mm range). This is due to the nature of the seeded paper. However, these minor irregularities add to the handmade and natural charm of the paper.
  5. Each growing paper is unique: Due to the production method, each product made from growing paper can be unique. This is because the paper may contain remnants of recycled waste paper, such as leftover colour, leftover letters and other residues. These irregularities give each card an individual character.

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