I did the embossing test already back home, but never got to make a card with it.
The embossing was very simple:
-rub your doily with versamark
-pour your embossing powder on (I used early espresso)
Embossing makes the doily thicker and gives it a nice shine
For the banners, I used the 'Hip Hip Hooray' kit's sticker sheets. The banners are very long, so I cut the banner cuts on both ends and then cut I them in half.