Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color Pop: Mermaid Lagoon!

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Hi readers! Happy Thursday to you! We’re excited to be collaborating with Wanda Guess on a fun monthly feature to show some fun projects using the Distress Ink colors of the month! This is the second in the series, featuring Mermaid Lagoon! To see the feature of Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral click here! We hope this features inspires you to get inky with these new colors! Enjoy!
Mermaid Lagoon color swatch

It’s Wanda, and I’m here today with the second project in our Color Pop series – featuring the newest Distress Ink Color! I’m excited to share a project using the color for March – Mermaid Lagoon. This is the most gorgeous shade of blue! It’s a beautiful deep blue with the slightest hint of teal in it. When I first opened the ink pad and tried it, my immediate thought was “ocean!” Mermaid Lagoon is a gorgeous Pacific Ocean blue…. My thoughts drifted towards a fun retro nautical theme for this project. I hand painted my own bright blue striped background and then used the awesome new Mariner Mini Blueprints stamps to create an ocean vibe. This new color pairs very nicely with Festive Berries and Wild Honey.

Mermaid Lagoon color swatch version 2

I’ve made another color swatch reference chart for you to see where the new color fits in with your existing Distress Ink colors.


To make the stripes, I used TH Watercolor paper and washi tape! I put down the washi tape and then used the Mermaid Lagoon Paint (with the perfect sponge dauber built in) to easily and quickly make the stripes. The paint is very smooth and easy to work with, and dries quickly. The Distress Paints are a very nice opaque alternative to using an ink pad on your projects. After I made the stripes, I added color splatters with the Distress Markers and Spritzer tool. Then I edged the panel and sewed it to a brown color core layer.

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I inked up three of the Mariner Blueprint stamps to make a grouping of nautical elements. I stamped the images onto watercolor paper with Archival Black Ink (this ink holds up to water-coloring). I used my Distress Markers and a water brush to color the images, and then cut them out. I put down some pieces of TH Linen Ribbon for my ‘net’ and then added some pearls and stars at the end along with my sentiment.

I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of Fossilized Amber (Editors note: in stores now!) in my craft studio! Have a great day and happy crafting!



Thanks for reading today and thanks so much to the awesome Wanda for this inspiration today!

Blog Candy Alert! Is this color a must have for you? Comment your thoughts on this post for a chance to WIN a reusable Tim Holtz Idea-olgy tote bag! Good luck!


  1. I love the sea subject, therefore: certainly – mermaid laggon is a must have! Exactly the shade of blue that’s still missing in my collection :)

  2. Thanks for doing that color chart. Love how those stamped images look when cut out.

  3. First, I love the Distress blue colors and Mermaid Lagoon is a great addition. The card is great…the colors combine perfectly to give a truly seaside look to this card some real pizzazz!! Never thought to use washi tape to make stripes, but will in the future. Thanks to Wanda for a beautiful, inspirational card.

  4. I LOVE the Mermaid Lagoon color!!! Blue? Turquoise is my favorite color so it was definately a must have!!( Thought they all are!!)

  5. Love the card and the color swatch cards. I need to get busy and make these. Makes choosing colors so much easier. Thanks for the inspiring ideas.

  6. I love the Distress blue colors and Mermaid Lagoon is a great addition. The card is great and the color swatch cards perfect. TFS.

  7. Love your blue lagoon stripe on your delightful colorful card, makes me feel like I’m at the beach!

  8. Yes!! I love Wanda’s amazing cards, especially these Nautical ones. Well, because I’m part fish. LOL Sand and Sea or a lake will do just fine…grew up at the lake every day during the Summer, except the Dog Days of Summer when Mom wouldn’t let us swim. I swam under water forever, I guess because it was just easier than at the top, due to that sneeky broken vertebra at the bottom of my spine! LOL
    thanks! Love that TH bag.

  9. I love seeing all those blues together! So exciting, blues are my favorite! I’m pretty sure every color on the swatch cards in this post are “must have’s” for me, and I only have a few of them. I love the finished card too, very summery – A good Father’s Day card inspiration for me.

  10. I really like this colour! Something between salty ocean and peacock feathers! I really love your card! The crab and the blue lagoon are a great contrast and the distressing – beautiful marine feel to it! love it!

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