Seed paper

We are wondering about using seed paper. We want to both print it and die cut it. We think while risky print with a light hit should work but don’t know and want to know if anyone has done it. We are wondering about die cutting. Will it work? , damage die plate?, damage die? damage inking roller?

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I run into this a lot with recycled stock, or “Kraft” type paper. I consider this stuff a contaminated stock. The “seeds” such as you describe,would prob fall into this domain. i would run a soft, recovering, makeready sheet. i use either black urethene, or thick latex, depending on what is in the stock. Not just soft layers of other stock. You want a “rebound” material to come back as the impurities are in different positions each sheet. Maybe consider having you image made from Copper or Brass plate.
Unless there are rocks in the stock, a die cutting die should survive okay. The rule is very hard and very sharp.

I have no experience with due cutting seeded paper, but I have successfully and beautifully letterpressed on Porridge Papers’ wildflower seeded paper. The wildflower seeds are rather small and soft and did just fine with my photopolymer plate and 8x12 C&P platen press. No damage was done to my plate, but I was mentally prepared to order another one in case it did. I know larger and harder seeds could definitely be an issue, but the soft and small seeds of the wildflower mix did great!

Thanks for the feedback. We are looking at all the possible issue and you helped to answer a few.