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

Gift Card Wallet with Spectrum Aqua


Gift card wallets are a great way to use your Spectrum Noir products to make personalized gift card or store card wallets for the hard-to-buy for friends and family!

This tutorial will focus on completing the gift card wallet started in this video below, and seen in this blog post. Please do refer to it for more information and tips on creating this project!


To make the gift card wallet for your A6 Spectrum Aqua scenes here is the guide:

1. Base: black card measuring 6 ¼” x 9 5/8”.

2. Score (long side to top) at 4 5/8” and 5”, fold, and burnish.

3. Cut three black cardstock mats measuring 6” x 4 3/8”.

4. Adhere your front cover A6 Spectrum Aqua landscape scene (see previous video link above) to one black mat and one x A6 blank white piece of card (her, I’ve used Sheena Stamping Card) to the second using a wet glue (here, I’ve used Collall All Purpose Glue).

Note: Do not glue the second watercolor sheet yet to a mat.

Adhere to front and inside left of wallet

5. Take the third black mat and adhere to the right hand side of inside wallet.

6. Cut the final landscape A6 watercolor card and trim 1 7/8” up from bottom.

7. Adhere the large piece to the right hand inside mat.

8. Cut a scrap piece of black card 4 3/8” x 2” and adhere the final small section of watercolor card.

9. Optional step: use a circle punch to make a notch in the centre or corner punch if desired.

10. Turn over and add red liner tape to bottom edge and both sides, remove tape backing and adhere (with un-taped edge to top) to inside right mat (your watercolor insert is now whole again).

11. Create a mat if desired to go in pocket to hold a photo or note along with the gift/store card.

12. Using a thin 2” strip of black card (with a matching small strip of watercolor card on top if desired) and crease at approx. 1” and 1 ¼”.

13. Using red liner tape, secure the one end to the centre back of wallet and cover with a 1” circle of black card (or square if desired).

14. On front add red liner tape to very top and bottom of a 1” circle of black card and adhere so tape is horizontal on the middle right hand side of front.

The thin black piece of card will now fold in and tuck under the front circle forming the closure.

15. Die cut chosen die (here, I’ve used Die’sire Christmas Classiques die), and add die cuts where desired to front (also covering the black circle closure) and both inside panels.

16. Alternative closure: an alternate closure can be created by adding ribbon under the front matted design and on the back cover so the wallet can be drawn together by a ribbon bow.

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Sandie Gough lives in the UK with her husband and 8 children. She over 15 years craft experience, teaching, demonstrating, facilitating/designing art therapy sessions and you can find out more at http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

Complete Materials:
Spectrum Aqua Primary set: Aquamarine and Navy
Crafter’s Companion 300gsm watercolor card
Crafter’s Companion Matt Black Card
Sheena’s Stamping card
Big Score and scoring tool
Crafter’s Companion Red Liner Tape
Crafter’s Companion Stick and Spray
Die’sire Christmas Classique die set (as desired)
Collal All Purpose and Tacky Glue
Paper trimmer
Flat end watercolor paint brush
Circle punch
Hill mask (acetate or doeflex)