Worth noting you may need to do 2 or 3 passes with your double edge to get a nice clean shave.
Don't keep your blade for to long, 3 to 4 shaves then chuck it out, blades cost pennies so not really a cost issue.
My favourite shaving cream is by Taylor of Old Bond Street - I see you are from the US, you can get there cream on Amazon.com
I also tend to shave after a shower as the heat from the shower soften the bristles on the face, I also put my shaving brush in warm water whilst I shower.
You don't need to use a lot of cream to make up a lather for a shave either, just a small blob the size of a finger nail will do and if you pre-soaked your brush whilst in the shower then there will be enough water contained within the brush bristles to make up the lather.
Use your brush in a circle motion in your bowl to make a good lather and keep going until you feel the lather starting to get a bit stiff, once you get to that stage your are ready to apply your lather to your face.
Anyway happy shaving!