Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

This watercolored gift box set uses just one Spectrum Aqua Marker. An easy to make project that is sure to impress!

How to watercolor the box lids

First, trim two sheets of 8 1/2” x 11” Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock as shown in picture.

Then apply anti-static powder to each panel, if desired. On the three lid panels, use VersaMark ink to stamp flowers. Heat emboss with white embossing powder. On the left-over scrap panels, stamp and heat emboss more flowers. These extra flowers will be used to embellish the boxes.

Next, to watercolor the box lids, color Kingfisher Aqua marker randomly around the flowers.

After that apply a wet watercolor brush to an uncolored area, and then work the brush into the ink color. The ink will begin to flow into the wet areas, and you can continue to brush the color around as desired. The goal is to create a watercolor background around all the flowers.

How to watercolor the flowers

First, color the flower centers, and then blend out with watercolor brush.

Next color the flower embellishments with the Kingfisher Aqua marker in the areas you want darkest.

Then apply a wet watercolor brush to uncolored area, working the brush up to the ink. The ink will flow into the wet area and create beautiful watercolor flower petals.

Finally, set aside the panels to completely dry. Once dry, trim out all the flowers from the scrap panels and add a pearl to the centers. These will be used to decorate the boxes.

How to make the lids using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

First place the lid panel onto The Boxer Board with one edge butted up against the “Box Lid” sidebar. Score at the 1″ line. Repeat this on all edges of all three panels.

Next cut a small v-shaped notch in each of the corners, where the scored lines intersect. The first cut should be along one of the scored lined, and the diagonal line should be cut from the excess corner piece. Fold and crease along each of the scored lines and adhere the corner tabs to form the lids.

How to make the box bottoms using The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Board.

Start by creating the bottoms using three panels of white cardstock (measurements below). This time butt them up against the “Box Bottom” sidebar to score the lines. Cut corner notches, crease, and adhere the same way as the box lids.

Box bottom cutting and scoring measurements:

  • Large box bottom – 11 1/2” x 11 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Medium box bottom – 9 1/2” x9 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/2” Box Bottom score line.
  • Small box bottom – 7 1/2” X 7 1/2” panel, score at 2 1/4” Box Bottom score line. (Note: The side tabs may need trimmed off a bit on this box bottom before adhering.)


Finally, assemble the boxes by stacking on top of each other, adhering together if desired.

Tie ribbon around the stack and embellish with cut out flowers.


Tutorial Credit: Lori Barnett

Supplies used for this project:

  • Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
  • Spectrum Aqua Marker – Kingfisher
  • Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties EZMount Rubber Stamps
  • The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion and The Boxer Score Board
  • Watercolor Brush
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Embossing Gun
  • 12” x 12” White Cardstock
  • White Pearl Stickers
  • White Ribbon
  • Dimensional Foam Adhesive
  • Adhesive

Meet Bonnita Moaby

We are very excited to welcome a talented new member to our design team today! Get to know Bonnita Moaby (or Bonnita Doodles, as you may know her in the art world).

Even from a young age Bonnita remembers spending hours colouring in or drawing. This carried on into her school years and beyond. Going on to do Graphic Design at a BA level she achieved her degree and set up her own business which has been running for over 6 years and won the prestigious award from Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den for #SBS (SmallBusiness Sunday).

Running along side this business Bonnita took up doodling once again and after numerous requests for a colouring book she self published her first book, the then got signed by Blue Star Publishing. Since signing with Blue Star she has also been signed with The Art Group and won the #WOW award (women on Wednesday) from Jacqueline Gold.

“I love to doodle just about anything, Zentangles, freeform, graphic and more. I love eclectic vintage and steampunk and I love being around colour”

“I have now fallen in love with with doing photos realistic portraits and Water colour paintings using Spectrum Noir’s amazing Aqua pens & Aqua Tints”

Bonnita has made a name for herself producing colourful water colour paintings, ink illustrations and graphite portraits. Her signature splash helps to set her style apart. With her love of Spectrum Bonnita has developed a technique and style using their products.

Masking with Stencils and Aqua Markers

stencil 1

Combine Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor markers and a stencil to create the perfect custom background! Learn how in the steps below.

Color the bird image

Before creating the background, create the focal point image.  Stamp a bird on watercolour paper using black dye in.

Cover with clear embossing powder and activate with a heat gun. This will protect the ink from bleeding with water is added.

Color the image using Spectrum Aquas. Scribble Yellow on an Acrylic block, then use the Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen to blend.

Treat the Sparkle Pen as a waterbrush or a paintbrush would be treated.  This is the blending tool.

Start with a light base of yellow on the body of the image.  Then, start adding in additional colors.

Pick up the colors with the tip of the Sparkle Pen.

Blend in Orange, Marigold, Meadow and Sunflower to create depth.

Use Orange and Marigold to add color to the beak.

Create the stencil background

Trim a piece of watercolour cardstock to 4 x 5.25 inches. Place a stencil over it and secure it down with removable tape or adhesive.

This is imperative so the stencil does not move.

Add masking fluid.

Masking fluid comes in pen form or in a bottle (it can be applied with a brush).

Another option would be to add watermark ink over the stencil and then clear emboss it with powder.

However, the end will result be different; the areas that are void of color will be shiny instead of dull.

Once the entire area is filled in, remove the stencil.

Using the same technique as before (acrylic block as a palette), add color.

This time, use a waterbrush instead of a Sparkle Pen.

Use Purple, Yellow and Aquamarine.  Allow the background to fully dry.

Use a rubber adhesive remover or your finger to rub away the masking fluid.

Dip the waterbrush into some Aquamarine and flick it onto the background. This adds more interest.

Finish the card

Stamp a sentiment in black ink at the top of the panel.  Note: if clear embossing powder was used instead of making fluid, this step should be done before the stencil is laid down. The embossed areas will repel ink.

To finish off the card, trim out the bird (or die cut if matching die is accessible) and adhere to panel using foam squares.

Create a card base out of black cardstock (4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5 inches).

Assemble card and add sequins to upper right corner.

This is a simple and fast way to create a custom background with that stunning watercolored look! Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Chrissie Tobas

Project Details

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Primary: Aquamarine, Yellow, Orange, And Purple; Floral: Meadow, Sunflower, and Marigold
Crafter’s Companion Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Clear Overlay: Crystal Clear
White Sequins
Acrylic Block
Hero Arts Black Ink
Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy Stamp Set and Coordinating Die
My Favorite Things Concentric Circle Stencil
Avery Elle Oh Happy Day Stamp Set
Rubber Square
Molotow Masking Pen

Coloring Directly on Stamps with Aqua Markers


This tutorial will share how color directly onto stamps using Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor markers. This is a simple yet stunning technique.


Trim a piece of watercolour card stock to 4 x 5.25.  Align stamp as to where it will be stamped on the card stock.

Use a stamp position-er to stamping tool to align the stamp and cardstock. The same image will be stamped multiple times, so it is important to be able to align the stamp and stamp in the same exact spot for each impression.

Dip a paintbrush in water and lightly brush it over the card stock. This is called a wash.

The paper should be damp, but not soaking wet.

Color directly onto the stamp using Spectrum Aqua Markers Terracotta, Yellow and Orange.


Then, spritz the stamp with water.

Do not add a lot of water; it should only be a light spray, just to spread the colors together and loosen them up so they stamp cleanly.


Stamp it onto the card stock.  Repeat this step 3-4 times, or as needed.


Once it is fully dry, add additional stamping to the panel. Stamp the leaf image in black ink, then the sentiment in VersaMark watercolor ink.

Heat emboss the sentiment in gold.


Use foam squares or cut a panel of foam adhesive for the back. If foam squares are used, make sure to use several, placing them around all edges and the center as watercolour card stock can be heavier than normal stock and it can have the tendency to warp or curl.

To finish off the card, use the same Spectrum Aqua colors as previously used (Terracotta, Yellow and Orange).

Scribble them on an acrylic block, then pick up the color with a waterbrush and flick it on the panel.


Assemble to a card base created from Black Pearl Shimmering card stock (trimmed to 4.25 x 11, scored at 5.5).

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Chrissie Tobas

Spectrum Aquas: Terracotta, Yellow, Orange
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Paper
Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock

Other Supplies:
Versamark Watermark Ink
Heat Gun
MISTI Stamping Tool
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Concord & 9th Lace Leaf Stamp Set
Therm O Web Foam Adhesive

Festive Watercolor with Aqua Markers


Use your Spectrum Noir Aqua watercolor markers to create a cute Father Christmas image!


Using the brush nib end of your Aquamarine marker brush some color directly onto his hat.


Spread color it out a little with a damp paintbrush.


Scribble a bit of the Slate marker onto some acetate (tip: save the packaging from products and use this too).

With a damp brush pick up some color and add to his hat


Repeat the above step with the Charcoal marker – only use the lightest of touches, so the color kind of “cauliflowers” into the existing colors.

This just add a bit texture to your image.


Blot with some paper towel (kitchen roll) or any other clean, absorbent cloth.


You can leave the fur trim like this or continue adding color as desired.

If needed remove color by wetting the area and blot again.


Color red using the brush nib of the Scarlet marker directly to the image

Tip: don’t be afraid to turn your image around, whichever way it is easier to color a certain part of an image (turning it around will avoid smudging what you’ve already colored if it is still drying).


Using a damp brush, pull this color out to fill the area.


Using the acetate technique again, scribble a little Charcoal and add a little depth adding to the hat with a brush.


Use some Scarlet directly from the marker to color the coat.


Repeat the damp paintbrush step to pull to brush color out.


And a little Charcoal picked up with a paintbrush on acetate to add depth.


Color the rest of your Father Christmas, adding a little glitter to his fur trim if desired.

Aqua Markers used on this image:
Scarlet, Charcoal, Slate, Aquamarine, Gold, Marigold, Topaz, Peach, Jasmine

Tutorial credit: Jo McKelvey

Watercolored Trees


Watercoloring is quick, easy, and on-trend this year! This tutorial will share how to watercolor some snowy trees with our Aqua markers.


First cut a piece of watercolor card to size.

Then scribble the Spectrum Noir Aqua markers onto a stamping mat or acrylic block. This card uses Moss and Navy.

Stamp the tree stamp in to the ink and on to the card.


Using a waterbrush, blend the color so that it is not quite as blotchy.


Add some shading around the trees using Slate.


Optional: go around the outline with a fineliner just to give it a bit more detail.


Cut the image down to size and layer it onto black card.


Layer the image onto the card and add a die cut sentiment. Finish it off by adding some snow and glitter.

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial credit: Fiona Robertson

Sparkle Pen & AquaBlend Pencil Techniques


Looking for new ways to use Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens and AquaBlend pencils? This tutorial that will do just that! Create a super sparkly Halloween Trick or Treat card while learning a couple different ways to use your coloring tools. Supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.


1. Die-cut card base from kraft cardstock. Use an anti-static pouch to treat the card front before stamping. This helps prevent stray embossing powder from sticking where you don’t want it.


2. Stamp the image(s) onto card front, using Versamark ink. Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool.


3. Gently squeeze a few drops of Onyx Black and Sterling Silver Sparkle pens on the pad of ink blending tool.


4. Swipe the ink blending tool across the card front several times until covered. If you run out of ink to finish swiping, squeeze a couple more drops of Sparkle pen inks on the ink blending tool.

TIP: It’s best to start off the edge of the paper, to avoid  a blob of ink color in one spot.


5. The embossed images resist the Sparkle pen ink, which creates an amazing shimmer background. Set aside to dry.


6. Treat a panel of kraft cardstock with anti-static pouch. Stamp image onto panel, using black VersaFine ink (or other black pigment ink that can be embossed). Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool. Color the image with Sunshine, Carrot and Parakeet AquaBlend pencils. Color spider eyes green, but leave the bodies uncolored.

TIP: You don’t need to fully color the pencil in each area of the image. What you are doing is laying down the color and then blending it out in the next step.


7.  Use Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to wash over the colored areas over for an immediate blended “Sparkle” effect. (Moonlight pen over yellow areas, Pink Champagne pen over orange areas, Emerald Green over green areas.) By using a colored Sparkle pen to watercolor over the AquaBlend pigment on kraft card stock, the colors are more vibrant and full of sparkle.

TIP: Let each color dry before moving on to the next. This will prevent the colors from blending together. If you want to speed up the drying process, just heat for a quick second with the heat embossing gun after each color.


8. Color the spider bodies with Onyx Black Sparkle pen.


9. Treat a panel of Yellow Pearl Shimmering cardstock with anti-static pouch. Stamp sentiment, using black VersaFine ink (or other black pigment ink that can be embossed). Sprinkle with clear embossing powder. Tap off excess powder, and then heat set with heat embossing tool. Die-cut sentiment with circle die.


10. Assemble card as follows: Trim image panel as desired and adhere to orange cardstock panel. Attach to card front with dimensional foam tape. Attach sentiment with dimensional foam tape. Embellish with a few star sequins.

We hope you give these Sparkle pen and AquaBlend pencil techniques a try. Experiment with different color combinations and papers. Most of all, have fun creating!

Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Supplies used for this tutorial and card project:

  • Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
  • Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils – Primaries Set and Florals Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
  • Crafter’s Companion Shimmering Cardstock – Yellow Pearl
  • Crafter’s Companion Halloween Trick or Treating EZ Mount Rubber Stamp Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Create-A-Card Die – Ruth Die Set
  • Crafter’s Companion Die’sire Essentials – Circles Die Set
  • Orange Cardstock
  • Ink Blending Tool & Foam
  • Die-cutting Machine
  • Heat Embossing Tool
  • Anti-Static Pouch
  • VersaMark Ink Pad
  • VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Dimensional Foam Tape
  • Adhesive

Wavy Background with Spectrum Aqua

Spectrum Noir Maya Isaksson tutorial september

You can’t really have too many background techniques in your arsenal. Here is one that is really fun to do, and it looks great for any occasion. Just change the colors.

Use good quality watercolor paper for this technique. You work the paper a lot and make many layers and many of the cheaper papers tend to pill when you go over it many times.

Spectrum Noir Maya Isaksson tutorial september detail

This technique is super easy. Just tape down your paper to prevent it from buckling up from the water. Scribble a few waves, add water, dry, repeat.

Take a look at this video for more information and have fun making waves!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Spectrum Aquas used: Rose Pink, Amber, Sunflower, Blossom.
Sparkle pens used: Clear overlay, Moonlight and Solar red.
Stamps by My Favorite Things

Tutorial credit: Maya Isaksson

Watercolored Background & Image


Everyone loves to create a quick and easy card. And the watercoloring trend is so fun and popular right now! I am sharing with you how I made this card with a watercolored wash background and some watercolored trees.. it’s on trend and quick to make, too! That’s a perfect combination!


First I colored a piece of watercolored card using Marine, Bud Green and Kingfisher Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers.


I laid background aside to let it dry and stamped and white embossed the trees.

Next I colored some sections of the trees randomly using Moss Green and Cobalt Spectrum Aqua Marker.  I then loaded my brush with water and brushed over each of images.


I gradually added more color until I got the required shade and so it would stand out against the background.


Next I cut out each of the images, being extra careful not to cut off any of the white embossing.


I laid the trees aside and moved back to the background, now that the background has dried I added some splashes of water, the water reactivates the color.


Next I added some splodges.


And then I thought the background would look extra cool with some additional splodges so I white embossed a few more splodges.

I then added sticky fixers and layered the trees onto the card, added some pearls, gems and sequins and of course the sentiment.

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Tutorial Credit: Fiona Robertson

Layered Backgrounds using Spectrum Aqua Markers


Spectrum Aqua markers are the perfect medium for creating stunning layered background papers for your papercrafting projects.


Begin by scribbling various colors of Spectrum Aqua markers on a large acrylic block.


Spritz water over the acrylic block. Take a piece of high gloss cardstock, lay shiny side down on top of the acrylic block, carefully lift paper, dragging slightly to pickup of some of the color across the page.

Lay paper flat, color side up, until dry.


There will still be color left on the block, and it will yield much prettier results than it looks like it would!

Spritz the block again, repeat the process with a new piece of high gloss cardstock, this time dragging a little bit more across the block to pick up more color.


You will probably be able to repeat the process one more time, achieving three different backgrounds ready for some stamping.

My first laydown of paper is on the left, the second one in the middle, and the last one on the right.

You will notice how they get progressively lighter, as there is less color left on the block each time.


Begin with the first colored background. This will be the most vibrant colored background.


Ink up a pattern stamp using Spectrum Aqua marker Crimson. Spritz water over the entire stamp, then stamp onto the background paper.


Choose a second pattern stamp (chose a floral stamp for this one) and stamp over background using Staz-On Jet Black ink.

Trim down, and this first background is finished and ready for a project.


Choose a background pattern stamp for the second background paper. I have chosen a script one that gives pretty full coverage across the paper. Color the stamp with Spectrum Aqua Sepia.


Stamp the pattern (script) stamp over the second background paper. Do not clean the stamp yet.

Next, a tree background stamp was stamped on top using Staz-On Jet Black ink. This second background paper is finished and ready for a project.


Before cleaning the pattern stamp (script) from the previous step, spritz the stamp with water and stamp over the third background paper.

Since this paper is already lighter in tone, the lighter coverage of remaining Spectrum Aqua Sepia on the pattern stamp pairs with it quite well.


Ink up a pattern stamp to top off this third background using Staz-On Jet Black ink. Here, I have inked up some areas darker than others to give a vintage effect.


Stamp over the third background paper, trim down, and this one is complete and ready for a project.


It is so quick and easy to create custom backgrounds using your Spectrum Aqua markers. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and would love for you to share with us your custom backgrounds you create using it!

Share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir or #spectrumaqua tag) – we’d love to see what you’re coloring!

Project Details:

Spectrum Aqua markers: Navy, Bud Green, Gold, Crimson, Sepia
Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock
Crafter’s Companion UltraClear 5″x7″ Acrylic Block
Small water spritzer bottle
Staz-On Black ink
Stamps used:
Honeycomb and Script Bkgd stamps from Justrite Papercraft
Tree Branches and Vine with Flowers Bkgd stamps from Seaside Stampin’ Ink

Tutorial Credit: Jodi Clark