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. Thanks Wanda for a great card and tutorial. I have not gotten my new inks yet, waiting for the May release, have all of the others in a cart at an online store. I love distress ink!

  2. What a fun tote…wouldn’t mind being seen with Tim:-) The colors are awesome. Distressed inks are some of my favorites!

  3. Very cool card – thanks so much! I can’t wait to get my hands on the new distress inks!!!

  4. Love the nautical theme…one of my favorites……and I will be getting all the new distress ink colors. I have cracked pistachio and abandoned coral and mermaid lagoon is my next to purchase. This card is amazing. Love all the little details that make it special and nautical.

  5. This is an absolute beautiful be achy summer card. I love all of the different distressed blue colors.

  6. lovely card by Wanda. . . . blue is my favorite color, so mermaid lagoon is a must – can just smell the ocean.

  7. I love the new Mermaid Lagoon ink! And the card is so beautiful. Love it. I can always find something interesting on this blog!!

  8. Ahhh! I’m so behind on updating my distress colors…looks like I’ll be buying at least three new ones! Love the new blue.

  9. I LOVE tutorials like this! You’ve taken care of all the questions we might have…especially concerning the different shades. Personally, I love these comparisons because it helps me decide which inks to purchase (would love to have them all!). Thanks for sharing :)

  10. Thank you for the amazing card and tutorial! I LOVE the mermaid lagoon distress color and it is definitely one for my must-have color list!

  11. Yes, it’s an already have. Was at a stamp convention over the weekend and snatched it right up, along with tons of other goodies, including fossilized Amber. Such lovely colors.

  12. Stephanie,

    I have not been in a creative “mood to do anything” but awhile now. Just seeing your card and the detailed explanation of your process in creating it has CURED ME!!!! Thanks SO much for the inspiration!

    Well Done,

  13. Very creative use of color. Of course mermaid lagoon is a must-have color…it’s distress! Thanks for the tutorial.

  14. All of the distress products are on my “never ever gonna end” wish list!! I think that says it all. Unfortunately it will be a while before I’ve got them all in my hot, not so little hands!! I love the “beachy” feel of this card, just such a fun technique too!

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