Gambit Effect (on a photo)

I posted this as finished, but I changed my mind, I don’t want this to be finished anymore. The more I look at it, I don’t like it. How can I make the effect itself look better?

EDIT: Heres the new one.

I’m using blender as you can see the models on the cards. I just don’t know how to make this look REAL.

Simple… animate it.