Step 1: Why?
I know I do.
If you follow this tutorial, you will no longer have this problem. Also, your Settlers of Catan game cards will be waterproof, human-liquid proof and last until the plastic coating biodegrades in 2745 AD.
They will be completely impenetrable to wayward soda spills or domesticated animal byproducts. Heck, after this tutorial you can even play Catan in your bath tub if you want to. I wouldn't advise doing that. But who am I to judge?
Step 2: What You Will Need...
[ ] A Pouch Laminator
[ ] (New) Settlers of Catan game cards
[ ] School Card Size Laminator Pouches (2-12" x 3-5/8") 3 or 5 Mil
You will need one pouch for each card. You can purchase the cards in packs of 100 online rather inexpensively. Simply count how many resource cards, development cards, etc. that you would like laminated, and purchase AT LEAST that many.
You would think that I wouldn't need to explain this. But, since this is a tutorial, I need to assume that the reader is a drooling nincompoop and needs absolutely everything spelled out for them.
Although you may use your old, human-sweat-saturated Settlers of Catan game cards, I purchased a new "deck" of Catan cards. For me, it was worth the extra eight bucks or-so to laminate cards that were never used in a game of Catan.
Step 3: Step 1
If your nose catches a whiff of burning plastic, that is pretty normal. Laminators take a few minutes to warm up to the appropriate temperature. Continue to Step 2.
If your laminator catches on fire and attempts to burn your house down, DO NOT CONTINUE TO STEP 2. I'd call the fire department or something. You know, it might be a good idea to leave the house while you are at it.
Step 4: Step 2
Place every card in its own lamination pouch. This will take some tender love and care. While you are doing this, you may want to reevaluate your life and see where your priorities are. I mean, you could be volunteering time in a soup kitchen, feeding hungry people in need. But noooo. You are sitting at home, getting ready to laminate some cards for a board game. Seriously… what the heck?
If you need help, see the picture above.
Step 5: Step 4
Even though plastic-coated-paper is basically a slap in the face to environmentalists, enjoy playing with your new, state-of-the-art, everlasting Settlers of Catan game cards that will most-probably stay on this earth longer than you will.