Stencils are lazer cut for precision. Each end matches end to end. Stencils have a slit for feeding tape through to attach it to the cake. Wait..... You feed the tape through with the sticky side out long enough to fit around your cake. The opposite end also has a slit so your tape meets half way around your cake. stick it to itself and you will not have any tape stuck to your cake.
Tribal Damask - Stencil by Michelle Smith/Cake Craze