Patented is a composite tape in a roll from which a closure tab for disposable articles can be cut. A fastening tape comprises a backing film with a fastening surface, a bonding extension section and an engaging extension section. The bonding extension section attaches the fastening tape to a disposable absorbent article. Mechanical fastening elements project from the backing film at the engaging extension section. A release tape comprises a backing layer and an adhesive layer. The backing layer of the release tape entirely covers the mechanical fastener elements of the fastening tape and the fastening tape is releasably attached to the release tape.