Blocks have two settings: the number of columns, and whether or not images should be cropped. The default number of columns is three, and the maximum number of columns is eight.
Creeping is just not right. Images need breathing room too. Let them speak like you words. Let them do their jobs without any hassle from the text.
If you have a plugin or widget that lists popular posts or comments, make sure that this sticky post is not always at the top of those lists unless it really is popular.