Congratulations! I think you will enjoy the journey. When I first started reading I used cards and a pendulum. I admit, I avoided the cards for a while until, like you, I found a deck I liked; and I learned about clearing the cards. It's always good to perform a clearing or blessing before using them - also, a piece of selenite is great for removing unwanted energies.
I have changed reading styles but the cards still help sometimes as a way into the intuitive world (the right brain, loves images and symbols). I don't do future readings as I prefer that by helping people clear blocks and issues, that can help them create a better future. Afterall, the future isn't sitting out there, we have to create it.
When I first started, I felt overwhelmed by trying to learn the meaning of all the cards. I read lots of books and got through the major arcana. But when it came to the minor arana, I just couldn't get inspired. Then I read A Magical Course in Tarot by Michele Morgan and I was hooked. Some people read in a more left brain manner and need specific meanings to cards, and there are lots of books out there. Morgan's book is an intuitive approach, and it's one that works for me.
The best advice I've gotten is to pull one card a day; read the meaning, think about it, meditate on it - and see if there will be some connection to your day. Also as Gin S mentioned, the three card spread is also a great way.
The thing about the cards is that they come with tons of interpretations and it's good to learn some of the meanings. But, in the end the cards are just a tool to open up your intuitive abilities. It's your interpretation that counts. I one time had a great reading from a woman using the Voyager Deck. She had me pull several cards and then picked up each card and started reading. The funny part was that, I knew the meaning of each card but what she was saying had nothing to do with the standard interpretation. But it was a great reading, she was spot on. Many readers will start out with the cards and then eventually read without them. The information is there it's just whatever you use to move into that intuitive state.
Above all, the cards like any other tool, can assist in your growth. You will learn a great deal about yourself.