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$soft-blue: lightskyblue;
$orange: orange;

.read-more {
  color: white;
  font-family: "Sanchez", sans-serif;
  background-color: $orange;
  text-transform: uppercase;
  font-size: 0.7rem;
  font-weight: bold;
  line-height: 2;
  letter-spacing: .06rem;
  display: inline-block;
  padding: .25rem 1rem;
  text-decoration: none;
  background: 
    linear-gradient(110deg, transparent 5px, lighten($orange, 10%) 0) top left, 
    linear-gradient(250deg, transparent 5px, lighten($orange, 10%) 0) top right, 
    linear-gradient(290deg, transparent 5px, $orange 0) bottom right, 
    linear-gradient(70deg, transparent 5px, $orange 0) bottom left;
  background-size: 51% 51%;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;
  text-shadow: 1px 1px 2px #A2A2A2; 
  
  &:hover, 
  &:focus, 
  &:active {
    text-shadow: none; 
    background: 
      linear-gradient(110deg, transparent 5px, darken($orange, 2%) 0) top left, 
      linear-gradient(250deg, transparent 5px, darken($orange, 2%) 0) top right, 
      linear-gradient(290deg, transparent 5px, darken($orange, 2%) 0) bottom right, 
      linear-gradient(70deg, transparent 5px, darken($orange, 2%) 0) bottom left;
    background-size: 51% 51%;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
  }
}

body {
  background: $soft-blue;
  color: white;
  text-align: center;
  margin: 5rem;
}
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/** 
A horrible abuse of gradients in the name of fancy buttons

I would have added more transitions but since the background can't be properly animated all other animations seemed a bit out of place.

Credit for Lea Verou for the method of using gradients: http://lea.verou.me/2011/03/beveled-corners-negative-border-radius-with-css3-gradients/
*/
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