Tip: Layer 3 backgrounds and tides disappear when you hit a message box, so plan your level around that. For example, you can add a sublevel without layer 3 at the start/midpoint, and include your message there.
Another status bar editor
A) Most importantly: Allows for editing with the compatibility version of "Super Status Bar". Only supports the compatibility version of super status bar. If you have the advanced version already installed, you would need to uninstall it or not use this tool. Sorry.
B) Allows for moving and removing of all the counters, including score, item box, and small bonus star counter.
C) In the new version, I removed the option to load GFX from GFX files and also to load GFX from files other than x28-x2B. Those were silly options.
Of special note:
The download is just the source, to run it you need to install:
A) Python 2.7
If you are on windows, PyGTK should probably be installed with the AllInOne installer they provide to make things easier. If you are on Linux all these are readily available from your package manager, install them and just run "python statuseffect.py". In fact, these libraries are so common that I would be surprised if you didn't already have them installed. If you're on a Mac I'd like to direct your attention to homebrew. It makes life away from Linux slightly more bearable.
Since windows makes it such a pain to get these libraries, I've included an installer to install a seemingly native executable. It takes up ~20mb of space on the hard drive, but if you're sweating that, you need a new hard drive.