Paper and Cardstock

My card stock does not fold nicely, it is bumpy. How can I prevent this from happening, I have wasted so much!!
Card stock ( abbreviated CS or cs) has a grain. If it rolls up easier one way than the other, then to get a smooth cut and fold, cut and fold on the grain. Scoring helps also.
Press the fold down with a bone folder or old credit card.

TIP: Create a frugal bone folder, glue two plastic junk mail credit cards together.

I have noticed that not all card stock is alike – some of my cards are flimsy compared to others.
You need to use quality card stock/cs for your card base.  You are correct that not all card stock is alike.
Some are heavier than others, some are textured, usually you buy these by the sheet rather in a pack.
If you have a lighter card stock and wish to use it on a card, but it is too light to handle being a card, then use it as a layer and mount on heavier card stock.

I am folding double sided patterned paper into quarters for a card but am having problems co-coordinating the paper, all the same pattern all over than the second side of the paper showing on the inside, and the card seems way too busy and bulky! How can I fold my paper to have the two different sides showing?

You can use plain colored card stock and then cut the patterned paper so that it is a layer on the front of the card. This does not clash as you have mentioned. Also, from your patterned paper, you will be able to make more cards from that sheet if you only cut layers.

A package of premade folded cards with envelopes (usually 50 to a pack for $10. but use a discount coupon) also comes in handy to use as a base card to whip up instant cards without the fuss of cutting card stock. (You can find these packs at craft store chains like ACMoore, Joann’s, Michaels (use coupons), Target and at times, Big Lots, Tuesday Mornings, or Dollar Stores.)

Most people use 8.5 x 11 sized card stock cut in half and then folded giving you two cards. They add a layer (1/2″ smaller than the card front) then maybe another layer(1 inch smaller than the card front). The layers act as a frame (each shows a 1/4 inch border) and give the card some weight. Then image/s, phrase/s, embellishment/s are added onto the final layer.

Some good card stock to use as a card base (sturdy to hold layers and embellishments) are from companies like Basic Gray, Bazzill, SU.

I got some patterned textured specialty paper for my cards but it is not adhering properly to the card base.
How do you glue glittered textured paper down firmly?
First, don’t use glue stick.  After time, glue stick will come undone due to heat or humidity.
Double stick tape, glue dots, Perfect Paper Adhesive (PPA) or Beacon Zip Dry will keep your textured paper (as well as ribbon) glued firmly.
Xyron or a hot glue gun also work great.

Where can I buy card stock?
Where to buy paper or card stock for stamping or scrapbooking.

Your local scrapbook store (aka LSS) which carries more variety or companies than the national chain stores.
You can also get help there too or take a class/workshop.

Chain Craft Stores (USA –most have websites so search for them):
AC Moore
Hobby Lobby
JoAnn Fabrics
Ben Franklins

Department Stores (supply or variety varies due to demographics):
Dollar Store (overstocks)
Big Lots (overstocks)

Paper or card stock can be bought in single sheets or in paper/collection packs in a variety of sizes, 12 x 12 being the standard size.
They can be printed on one side, or both sides or plain.
Usually the paper packs all co-ordinate with each other in a pack/collection.

Prices vary according to design, company, collections, or how much is in a pack, or the thickness/weight of the paper/card stock.  Shop sales or use a discount coupon for deals.