craftsmen printable area and embossing/scoring


I have a question about base size and imageable area for a CMC Imperial press. The chase size is 5”x8” and the recommended boxcar deep relief base is 3.5”x6.5”.

Is it possible to use a larger base size in this chase like the 4.5”x7.5” base? I am hoping to print as close to A6 (6.5x4.75) and A7 (7.25x5.25) sizes for invitations/greeting cards. I will certainly test this but I’m waiting for rollers to be delivered before I test and I’m hoping to get some designs started before then.

Also, I’m interested in learning about Imperial’s capabilities for embossing, perforating/scoring and maybe foiling. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for any help.


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hi Josh,
This may be a little late, but hopefully my response will help you in any case.
I have an Adana eight five and recently purchased a Boxcar Base and asked them to size it up from the recommended size to 4x7. I haven’t had any problems with it. I’ve posted about it on my blog (

Thanks very much for your response, Tanya. I’ll look into this.