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Card of the Week: Merry Christmas Rainbow Dots

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

There's eight days until Christmas and hopefully your mailbox is full each day with festive holiday cards from friends and family. Today I'm sharing our best selling holiday card, Merry Christmas Rainbow Dots. Between wholesale orders, holiday fair sales, and online orders, this card was hands-down the most popular card from the holiday collection

People seem to love all of the colorful hand drawn dots! (Yes, all of those dots you see were originally hand drawn!) Late to the game? You can still pick up the card in the online shop here

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Card of the Week: Thanks Vines

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

This week's card of the week is Thanks Vines, featuring hand-drawn vines. The card comes in two different colorways - a grass green and a medium blue

One of my favorite things about designing cards is when I'm able to weave the illustration into the lettering so it's almost seamless. Here's a few shots when I first drew the design.

The drawing was done at a much larger scale (about 8" x 12") than the actual card itself (4.25" x 5.5"). Thanks Vines is available as a single card or as a boxed set of 10 cards. You can pick it up in the shop here!

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Create Personalized Stationery Using Any Pattern You Like

Posted on October 08, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

Did you know Happy Cactus Designs can create custom personalized stationery using any of our patterns? 

Here's an example of a recent design we did for Christina using our "Zinnias" pattern

These flat note cards for Victoria used the "Corazon" print on the back. 

Any pattern or floral design you see here on the website can be used to create a flat or folded note card. We have so many fun and beautiful fonts to work with, and also offer custom hand lettering. Check out more custom projects here. And don't forget, we're always happy to work with you on an entirely custom and unique project. Email us at hello{at} for more details on custom and personalized stationery.

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Card of the Week: Garden Blues Floral Patterned Note Card

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

Happy Cactus is celebrating its one year anniversary this month and I thought the perfect card of the week this week would be one of the first designs I ever did - the Garden Blues floral patterned note card. Before I ever thought of actually launching a paper goods company, I spent a lot of time doodling and drawing, making cards for friends and family members. A lot of my doodling gravitated to florals. I was thrilled with how this particular design turned out - from the whimsical flowers to the array of blues. It will always be one of my favorites.

Garden Blues Floral Note Card

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Card of the Week: Busy Flowers

Posted on September 04, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I can't believe it's already September!! This week's card is the Busy Flowers patterened note card. This hand-drawn pattern began as a free-handed doodle I did for fun. Little did I know it would turn into a popular note card and part of my company's branding.
The original drawing in black ink. Yep, it's all hand-drawn.

I ended up creating the card in two different colorways - a bright blue that really jumps off the page and a bold orange - Tangerine Tango - to be exact, Pantone's 2012 color of the year.
Busy Flowers in Blue
Busy Flowers in Orange
A close-up

I loved how this patterned turned out so much that I ended up incorporating it into Happy Cactus' branding. I felt that the pattern really represented our brand well, featuring the hand-drawn quality of our work, whimsical nature, and fun florals. I used the pattern in Happy Cactus Green on our catalog and other collateral. 

You can shop the Busy Flowers note card online here

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Card of the Week: Happy Birthday Candles

Posted on August 20, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

This week's Card of the Week is a birthday card that never goes out of style: the Happy Birthday Candles card

When I was creating my first collection of birthday cards, I wanted a card that was cheerful, fun, and could work for both genders and pretty much any age. I also knew that I wanted to design a card that featured candles. I began hand drawing a number of little candles and decided that I preferred them scattered rather than in a uniform pattern. I also like how each candle is a little different from the next one.

I played around with different colors and used a mix of bright and bold colors with some lighter and muted pastels. What resulted was a bright and cheery card that showcases Happy Cactus' hand drawn style and love of color. Shop the Happy Birthday Candles card here!

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Card of the Week: Corazon Heart Print

Posted on August 13, 2012 by Brannon Cullum | 0 Comments

I've decided to highlight a different card from the Happy Cactus collection every Monday. Each card has a little story behind it and I hope to share the inspiration behind the different designs. Up first, one of my favorites: the "Corazon" heart print card

The design for this card was inspired by little Mexican tin hearts. I have picked up a few tin hearts over the years from Tesoros in Austin and during a trip to Santa Fe and love the look of these little decorative ornaments. 

A collection of tin hearts via Flickr

After coming up with an initial design, I ended up using a light pink and punchier magenta for the heart and a turquoise blue for the teardrops that appear to bounce off of the heart. For the background, I felt that a very light blue helped the colors of the heart really pop off of the paper.

The card has quickly become a bestseller since it was released in May. I had one customer tell me how she likes the design's versatility.  It can be used for so many different occasions - as a love note, a congrats card for a new couple, an anniversary card, or just because! The Corazon card is available as a single card or boxed set of 10 notes here

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