Something I don’t talk about often on the blog, is that my parents are Deaf.
I found this awesome, free American Sign Language alphabet font HERE while making a card for my dad and ended up coming up with a few versions.
They are very simple and minimalist, which is probably no surprise if you are a regular reader. I also made them black and white so they are easy to print and are suitable for any color paper.
And I don’t believe you have to be deaf or be associated with someone who is deaf to appreciate them. The font is so cool and graphic and universally appealing. (imo… ;))
As for printing the cards…
I prefer to take my files to a print shop, like Staples, FedEx, or The UPS Store. I ask for the high gloss card stock and have them print it up for me. It makes for a waaay nicer card that looks and feels more professional.
Can’t get to a print shop before Sunday? You can also just as easily print them on card stock at home like I did with this kraft paper version.
All the downloads print on 8.5 x 11″ sized paper, but I cut these down to a square shape.
It’s a bit harder to find an envelope for the square cards, but if you leave them at full size, all of the cards fit perfectly into 5 3/4 x 8 3/4 inch envelopes by Ampad, like the ones I used for THESE cards and our Christmas cards HERE. (I buy mine from Walmart, on the stationary aisle. )
If you are curious what they all say. The one above spells out “Father.”
The one below says “Happy Father’s Day.”
And of course, this one, as well as the one with the black circle spells, “Dad.” 🙂
To grab the free download simply click and print from the links below.
All downloads are hosted through Google drive. If you experience difficulty accessing the files, sign into Google and try again. Although you shouldn’t need to be signed in, this may help if you have issues. If you would rather I email them to you, please contact me at [email protected] I will try my very best to email them back as soon as possible but expect that it can take up to a week ( I will try to be more attentive this weekend of course).
All files are in pdf format sized to 8.5 x 11″.
All files are for personal use only.
P.S. If you are looking for more Father’s Day ideas you can whip together before Sunday, this BBQ Rub is a favorite at our house, this etched hands mug is a simple, sentimental project, and this back scratcher is sure to bring a smile to his face.
Delia, these are so cool! My son’s grandparents are deaf and these would be so cool for them, but I also think they could be cool for any Dad. You were spot on with the black and white. It makes then so graphic and cool.
That is so neat Grace. Your in-laws then?
Actually they are my ex’s parents. Two of the nicest people in the world.
Luckily before I met him I had an interest in learning to sign and so I had a good foundation. I taught my son to sign before he could speak, (though he struggles now.)
I am sure his Grandpa loved the card. Thanks for sharing it!
Wonderful! My kids too. I know I should push it more with them but they are getting better because my parents live close-ish and visit.
I love this Delia! I am fluent in ASL (though I am hearing) and I love seeing graphics like this because I think sign languages are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Madelyn! I totally agree. 😉
Love it! How fun and perfect for so many people 🙂
I did not know that your parents are deaf. My mom lost about 75% of her hearing a few months after I was born do to a random virus that only affected her ears. It’s been an interesting process growing up with a hard-of-hearing mom, but we make it work!
Those cards are super cute. I think a lot of non-hearing-impaired people would enjoy it too.
Thanks Jen! What a trial for your mom to go deaf so suddenly as an adult. My parents have both been deaf from a young age so for them it was just a way of life that they were used to. I bet she is an amazing lady!
Romana Toson says
oh Delia, these are great!!! I will add the link to these for my Father’s day Post soon!! thank you!
Thank you Romana!
Oh, those are really cool! I learned the ASL alphabet when I was about 8, and still spell things out with it rather randomly. =) I wish I hadn’t been so busy the week before Father’s Day, and had time to check your blog! But I’ll be saving these for next year. =)
I totally understand busy for last week. I didn’t even post this until Friday. ha. Hope you guys had a good Father’s Day weekend!
really cool Delia. I’m impressed with your illustrator skills! I would be horrible at drawing those hands 🙂
I would be too! This is a free font. There’s a link to it at the beginning. It’s awesome. Thanks for thinking I was that good though. 😉
Christina M says
I found this before Father’s Day but didn’t get a chance to comment before. I had no idea your parents were deaf! I actually took ASL in High School as my foreign language credit and I LOVED it! I have taught a lot to all 3 of my kids. I used to come home from school & practice by showing my brother and sister some signs. Well, my little sister is now thisclose to being a registered interpreter! She picked up the same love I had for it, and studied it all through High School & college.
Thank you so much for taking the time to put these together. I don’t have anyone in the family that is deaf, but since my siblings and I all love ASL, these would be awesome to give to hubby’s & dads both 🙂 And I’m super excited about that font too!!! Thank you thank you!!
That is so neat Christina! I admire those that go onto be interpreters!