Canceled — Metal Embossing Valley Campus

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Valley Campus, Room 120

$130 (includes most supplies for the class)
Continuing Ed only – not for college credit

Metal embossing or repujado (in Spanish), is the old-world art of shaping soft metal sheets into intricate designs. Embossing design motifs are found throughout Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico on cemetery(camposanto) headstones, carved wood mission doors and tinwork.
In this beginner metal embossing class, students will learn to use a variety of basic tools to emboss three different types of metal, creating three different projects reflecting traditional design, tools and local history. Metals will include humble aluminum, rich copper and lustrous pewter!

Portrait of Libby Rehm

Libby Rehm

Instructor: Ten years ago, Libby Rehm (Elegant Elk Studios) discovered metal embossing, the fine art of shaping and texturing of metals. While exploring Southern Colorado’s Dolores Cemetery, Libby noticed the similarities between the design elements of Spanish/New Mexican embossing and the hand-carved designs in Spanish sandstone grave markers. This “discovery” has led Libby on a years-long quest to ferret out the fading, crumbling designs found among walled Colonial Mexican era camposantos, family moradas, mission chapel tin works, wood carvings, and ghost towns sprinkled across Southern Colorado and New Mexico.
In addition to her expertise in metal embossing, Libby is a juried photographer and mixed media artist. Samples of her artwork can be found on her Elegant Elk Studios Facebook page:, her website:, and Squareup store:




Metal Embossing Supply List
Need to bring:

Xacto knife with extra blades. # 11 works well

Metal or steel edge ruler, 12 to 18 inches long

Sharpie fine point permanent marker (darker is better, i.e. black, blue, red)

Pencil/pen/note paper

White Eraser
Nice to have:

Any metal embossing tools you already have, i.e. 9”x12” Plexiglas, small suede, stylus

Masking tape, low tack (I.e. painter’s blue or green)

Bone or teflon folder (if you have one, don’t go buy one)

Scissors (craft ones like Fiskars, not your best sewing shears!)

Cutting mat (8×10 or there about)
Bring your own lunch, beverage and non-spill mug!
If you have questions, please feel free to give Libby a call or email:

To register or get more information contact Donna Haddow,, 719 846-5724.