I love the golden yellow you used in the pictures, it looks so rich. I will have to try out an ink pad instead of a sharpie, the sharpie was unsuccessful in edging well at all. I will save them for future art projects that allow me to write with the very tip, instead of using the side of the point. That made the ink less effective overall.
Thank you everyone for your input, I love seeing how everyone customizes the FO, and the HoF deck. I loved how the two decks looked together, I might combine the two again, and try to work with them together. I tried to combine them once before, but got a very strong gut feeling that I shouldn't. Now I think it is time to try again.
I have had wonderful results with Sharpies, but the metallic ones in particular can be temperamental. Sometimes they get crusty, like you said, and sometimes they just won't work. And other times they just do whatever you want. YMMV. The Brilliance pads, on the other hand, work like magic.
As for combining the decks, I would ask them first...