Basic Metal Embossing (One Day Class)

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, tin work in chapels and missions, painted designs on ceilings of moradas, carved into woodwork and stamped into tin ceiling tiles.

In this beginner metal embossing class, students will learn to use a variety of basic tools to emboss three different types of metal to create three different projects reflecting traditional design and tools. Metals will include humble aluminum, rich copper and lustrous pewter!
Most tools and supplies provided by the instructor. Basic items to bring are listed below.

ONE DAY CLASS! 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Trinidad Campus: June 28, Berg 401
Valley Campus (Alamosa): June 29

$100 (includes most supplies for the class) Continuing Education Only – not for college credit

What 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:

Portrait of Libby Rehm

Libby Rehm

Instructor:  Ten years ago, Libby Rehm (Elegant Elk Studios)discovered Repujado, the fine art of metal embossing. Her own metal embossing endeavors began after an extensive workshop with Repujado Master Lynda Abare. 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 Facebook page (Elegant Elk Studios), website ( and Etsy shop (


For more information or to sign up contact Donna Haddow at 719 846-5724 or