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.

http://img248.imageshack.us/img248/1438/bengambitfinal.th.jpg

http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9038/bengambitfinal3.th.jpg

http://img819.imageshack.us/img819/9756/b4after.th.jpg

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

http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/751/gambitblender.th.jpg

Simple… animate it.