Monday, December 13, 2010

Wild Card


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When did sending a little holiday aloha become so lame?

This year, send something you won’t be embarrassed to put your return address on—a stylish, locally made card from Kawaihae Cards.

Designed by Nancy Botticelli, the cards are conceived, designed and printed on the Big Island. And they’re anything but the contrived Island-style versions you’re used to.

Botticelli, who has 25-plus years of visual merchandising experience, lets her creativity shine through with playful graphic designs and vibrant colors. Utilizing photos she shoots and then manipulates electronically, the cards range in style from classic traditional (ribbon-topped wreaths) to modern Pop Art (neon candy cane collages). She also creates festive holiday scenes using adorable crocheted creatures.

And Botticelli offers more than just holiday designs. She also makes graduation cards, anytime cards and even does custom work. Printed on soft linen paper they have a luxurious feel that compliments their one-of-a-kind aesthetic.

Finally, local-style holiday cards that actually deliver.

Kawaihea Cards are available online here.

Posted on Monday, December 13, 2010 in Permalink

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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