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!

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  1. This is such a great card! I love nautical anything!! Great way to use the paints for a bold background paper.

  2. Fabulous collage nautical card. Love the use of the ribbon for the net. The colors ROCK.
    Beautifully done!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  3. Love your card! What a great cluster for a scrapbook page too. Tim’s products are fabulous.

  4. Beautiful color and beautiful card. Love all the elements and enjoyed finding out how you make the stripes. Thanks.

  5. This card makes me want to go to the beach NOW! Lovely! Great new color from TH, I love shades of blue!

  6. Loved your card! I’m a US Navy veteran and I was stationed aboard the USS Acadia AD-42 (now decommissioned and sunk off the Hawaiian coast for a reef) in the beginning of my military career. I’ve had a soft spot for sea life since then and love anything to do with it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  7. A great card Wanda. I find masculine cards tricky sometimes and this one would work for a lot of men, regardless of their hobbies!

  8. What a darling and fabulous card!! I just love all of the new Distress ink colors!! I just received the Mermaid Lagoon and haven’t had a chance to use it yet but I am looking forward to the next project!!!

  9. Yes, I have Mermaid Lagoon already, and I love it! It’s my favorite of all the new releases so far! This card is awesome … I already pinned it to my “I want to create” folder! Thx! Love this feature!

  10. I love this color. I think it is my favorite TH ink color! Thanks for sharing the card and washi tape technique.

  11. This is such a cool card! I love nautical theme!! Great way to use the paints for a bold background paper.

  12. Great card-you can almost smell the sea. This is another fabulous blue ink. TH has wonderful range.

  13. Great card and love the color. I really like Tim Holtz inks and other supplies. Thanks for sharing.

    Linda D.

  14. Love the nautical card and the new distress color. Of course I have to have that beautiful blue distress Mermaid Lagoon along with that nautical stamp set.

  15. Love the nautical card! This new blue color is amazing, I think it’s a must have for me. Thanks for sharing how you put this card together.

  16. The new distress colour looks luscious.I can’t wait to add it to my collection.We can never have too many shades of green.Great for all nature inspired projects.

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