Texturing Noob

So, I was wondering if there was a way to do textures other than a picture or making your own in blender, I downloaded these cool ones that were made in blender, but they’re blend files and I don’t know how to get them into my models blend file, linking and appending doesn’t seem to work, and the python script it told me to use doesn’t work either. Any suggestions, I’m trying to texture my sword but I don’t think a picture will do for the blade and stuff. Thanks.

Appending is not working? You are probably doing it wrong. What steps are you taking with that, and what is happening?