With photolithography process and screen printing technique, the compound cold cathode electrode was developed on the cathode glass plate for improving the field emission ability and emission uniformity of CNT cathode. The compound cold cathode electrode mainly consisted of the indium tin oxide (ITO) blocks which was the divided ITO thin film, the bar silver stripes fabricated by the solidified silver slurry and the cathode insulation layer with good insulation performance. Carbon nanotubes were prepared to form the field emitters, and the diode type field emission display (FED) was fabricated. The manufacture process was also presented in detail. The vacuum sealed FED exhibited better field emission characteristic, low operating voltage and high display brightness.