I love the clever whimsical feel of Wendy Tancock’s Canadian heroes cards. The Toronto-based illustrator has zeroed in on Canadian cultural and historical icons. She admits, “the whole line is for us. It’s kind of an in-joke — our secret handshake.” Wendy thinks it’s time to start celebrating our traditions and she does so with a wry sense of humour.

An avid listener of CBC radio, she’s the daughter of a history teacher and it shows. Wendy has a keen appreciation for Canadian culture and manages to pinpoint the traditions and cult classics we Canadians treasure. These cards will make you smile.

Despite her success, she doesn’t take herself too seriously. What began with a few ceramic plates and mugs has grown into a thriving business for Wendy, who spent 15 years as an award-winning graphic designer before launching her own business. She says, “the card industry is thriving.” Nice to hear. In a digital world, emails and text messages are fast and easy. But wouldn’t it be fun to get one of these cards in the mail?

This design will soon be turned into a tote bag.

I found her cards at Indigo, but they’re available across the country. Take a look at the range of subjects she tackles.

 In the city, it’s racoons that dumpster dive for garbage. In cottage country, bears rule.

You don’t need a Muskoka cottage to have a Muskoka chair!

Tim was a nice guy. He lived around the corner from my family. He was generous too. Free donuts and orange crush for all the neighborhood kids. Sooo good. His house was a great after-school hangout!

 A hot issue.  Wendy’s card says it all.

One of many cool Christmas (Holiday!) cards. The tree is sparkly! If you can’t find them (at one of the retailers at the end of this post), you can contact Wendy directly here.

To learn more about Wendy’s work, check out her blog here or contact her at wendy@wendytancockdesign.com. You can also see some of Wendy’s work at www.papereclips.com.

In Toronto, you can find her cards at Type Books, The Merchantile, Swipe Books, The Design Exchange, Indigo, Teatro Verde, Red Pegasus, Outerlayer, Paperboy and the AGO shop. In Victoria, at Bolen Books. In Vancouver at Kimprints, Gigi B and Book’ mark. In Calgary at Box Paper Scissors and in Winnpeg at McNally Robinson. Images courtesy of Wendy Tancock Design.