Hello there! We are Hug and Kiss Designs Inc. And we are Awesome.
This page should really be titled “About Me”…
Me being Nikki Bordignon, the brains behind Hug and Kiss Designs Inc. You’ll be happy to know that my cards are 100% made in Canada! Not only that, but Hug and Kiss Designs Inc. is an Indigenous-owned business and all my cards are created on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Stó:lō First Nations, a land where my ancestors lived 4,000-10,000 years ago!
The idea for my card line started back in 2006. I was working in a little store that sold greeting cards and I realized something about all the cards I saw. The funny cards were always “funny” and the sweet cards were always sweet. Either way, they were predictable. I decided to change that by creating a card that was shocking and funny. Something unexpected and hilarious. Naturally that meant cute cartoon animals and a sarcastic sense of humour with some swear words thrown in (at that point I had NEVER seen a greeting card with a swear word before. NOT ONCE! Was I the first? Maybe 🤷🏻♀️ )
After a couple months of jotting down ideas and doodling images, I had come up with a style that seemed to work. I showed my friends and family and they were in full support, so I decided to take a chance and start my own business! I mean, what else do you do with diplomas in Journalism and Design? So, in January of 2007 I registered the name Hug and Kiss Designs, bought a domain, taught myself how to build a website, and got things going! By May of that year I was filling my first wholesale order!
After I write and illustrate a card, I send it to my favourite little print shop (a family-owned company here in BC). They print the cards for me on large sheets of cardstock (4 cards per sheet). I add the crease with my creasing machine (hand-powered), cut into quarters with my industrial paper cutter (again, hand-powered) and then I check each card for quality control. If it passes, I fold it by hand (one at a time) and I cut them to their final size with my other paper cutter (the kind you find at most offices). Because it’s a thick cardstock, I can only cut one card at a time! Yes, ONE AT A TIME! It’s time consuming, but it’s the best way to ensure a nice, neat edge.
Okay, so that felt weird to talk about myself that much, but let’s review what you learned. Hug and Kiss Designs is a one-woman show. That woman is First Nations and she’s a hilarious, crazy, perfectionist that would rather get carpal tunnel by cutting each card by hand than using machinery and creating an imperfect card. Her raunchy, rude, and ridiculously funny cards are 100% made in Canada.
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