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

Sparkle & Color Together


I wanted to share a fun and different way to use your Spectrum Aqua Markers along with your Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen. This tutorial will show you how to create the card pictured above, but this technique lends itself to so many different styles of card.

A list of supplies used are at the bottom of this post.


Take a piece of watercolour card and trim it down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 and then position your die where you want it on the page, I have placed mine is it is nearer the bottom as shown below.


I then run this through my die cutting machine so I am then left with the below pieces. You want to keep ALL of these as they will all be used on the the card.


Place the main piece of card and the heart chain to one side and arrange your hearts in the order they go across the card, they are going to be coloured in a rainbow color theme so you need to have them in the correct order.


These are the colors I will be using. I have gone for a couple of different shades of certain colors so that it is a better transition across the card.

You will also need your clear Sparkle pen. You do not need water or a brush for this technique as your sparkle pen will be used instead.



Your first heart is going to be coloured using Scarlet.

You can color the hearts however you feel comfortable. I used a mix of coloring the base of the heart and then using your sparkle pen in the exact same way you would a brush and water, and scribbling the color onto my craft mat and then picking it up with my sparkle pen. Use whichever one you are comfortable with.


I have blended upwards to give a gradient color, but blend however you wish.

This also looks great if color is applied to the top and blended down, or applied in the center and blended out.

You can always go in and build up more color, which is one of the reasons I love these markers!


In between each color clean your sparkle pen by scribbling onto some clean paper, or kitchen towel.

I have then coloured the hearts in this color order: Sunset, Gold, Yellow, Sea Green, Evergreen, Teal, Peacock Blue, Orchid, Magenta.


I just wanted to show that after this my Sparkle pen is still nice and clean, you might get some slight staining on the bristles…I have never had this, but it is possible.

If you want to make double sure it is clean, use a damp cloth to clean the brush nib and then very lightly squeeze some of the clear sparkle liquid out and wipe the brush again. This should completely clean your brush, and with the liquid squeezed out if you do this onto a craft mat you can always use the liquid to decorate some diecuts or paper so that it is not wasted.


Leave your hearts to one side to dry and then take your main card front and stamp your sentiment onto it. Then adhere this too your card base.

Using a good strong glue adhere the diecut border into place.

Make sure your hearts are completely dry and adhere them into place on the card as shown.  If you find they are lifting slightly, try placing an acrylic stamping block onto of them whilst they dry helps them to stay flat.

I hope you have enjoyed this technique. Remember to share all your Spectrum Noir creations with us.

Items used –

Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear pen
Watercolour Cardstock
Simon Says Stamp Heart Parade Die
Simon Says Stamp Colour and Sunshine Stamp set
Versafine Ink pad in Onyx Black
Collall All purpose Glue
Ranger Multi Medium Matt Glue
Ranger Craft Sheet
Die Cutting Machine

Tutorial credit: Tracy Freeman